Among the san­teros

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No piece of folk art says New Mex­ico like a santo. Dur­ing New Mex­ico’s for­ma­tive days as a Span­ish colony and a ter­ri­tory of Mex­ico, these wooden de­vo­tional sculp­tures of saints, an­gels, and re­li­gious fig­ures were used by mem­bers of the Ro­man Catholic clergy and lay prac­ti­tion­ers to teach the cen­tral sto­ries of the faith. To­day, santos em­body the state’s colo­nial past and can be found in many a New Mex­i­can home and church. A re­vival of the folk craft has spurred on a whole new gen­er­a­tion of san­teros, who ex­per­i­ment with the style and form of these carv­ings. As part of the on­go­ing Trea­sures of

De­vo­tion/ Tesoros de De­vo­ción ex­hibit, the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave., 476-5200) presents “New Mex­ico’s De­vo­tional Art: An Amal­gam of Eth­nic­ity, Artis­tic and Cul­tural Tra­di­tions,” a three-day sym­po­sium on the san­tero’s art that runs from Fri­day, May 14, to Sun­day, May 16. The con­fer­ence fea­tures talks by a va­ri­ety of san­teros, schol­ars, and cu­ra­tors in­clud­ing Charles Car­rillo, Aaron Fry, Robin Far­well Gavin, Vic­tor Goler, Felipe R. Mira­bal, Wil­liam Worth, and Ross Frank (whose 5:30 p.m. Fri­day lec­ture kicks off the sym­po­sium). All events are by mu­seum ad­mis­sion. For more de­tails, visit www.nmhis­to­ry­mu­seum.org.

San José by José Manuel Be­na­vides, ac­tive 1830-1850

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