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Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, 505-476-1200 Tramp art, a style of chip-carved wood­work prac­ticed pri­mar­ily in the U.S. and Europe from the 1870s to the 1940s, gets its due in No Idle Hands: The Myths & Mean­ings of Tramp Art at the Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art. The first ma­jor ex­hibit of tramp art in decades ex­plores its his­tory, in­flu­ences, and con­tin­ued prac­tice by con­tem­po­rary artists who have re­vived the tra­di­tion. Mis­tak­enly associated with tran­sients be­cause of its name, tramp art em­ploys spe­cific tech­niques of qual­ity crafts­man­ship and is used for mak­ing a vast ar­ray of do­mes­tic ob­jects. The ex­hibit in­cludes more than 150 his­toric and mod­ern ex­am­ples of the art form.

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