The Vigil Family: Pueblo Feast Day
circa 1960, mixed media installation
Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, 505-476-1200 “Art is only art when it’s synonymous with living,” said folk art collector Alexander Girard (1907-1993); and Multiple Visions: A Common Bond, on permanent display at the museum, was designed with this idea in mind. It’s a lively presentation that places objects from more than 100 nations in dialogue with one another. Girard and his wife, Susan, began collecting in the 1930s, amassing a staggering number of folk art objects which were gifted to the Museum of International Folk Art in 1978. The exhibition, which contains thousands of works of art, represents only a fraction of the entire collection, which includes dolls, toys, religious artifacts, costumes, textiles, and masks.