El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art
January 30, 2014 - March 9, 2014
Mexico possesses a rich history of popular art that reaches more than 2,000 years into he past and continues today in villages, towns, and cities throughout the country. El Caballo: The Horse in Mexican Folk Art, opening January 30, 2014 at Museum of History and Art, Ontario, celebrates this enduring legacy through twenty-two examples of folk art, including ceramics, metalwork, paintings, paper art, and sculpture.
Each work in the exhibition focuses on the horse and related subjects, which have long attracted the attention of Mexican flok artists. Since introduced by the Spanish, the horse has held special prominence in Mexican culture. Many of the heroes and saints of Mexico. including Zapata, a rebel leader in the Mexican Revolution, and Santiago, the Apostle St. James, are portrayed on horseback. Today, with their long history as ranchers and cowboys, Mexicans are recognized for being among the best equestrians in the world.
El Caballo demonstrates the diversity and vitality of modern Mexican folk art. The exhibit's artisans produce some of the world's most exciting examples of popular art, interweaving a collective tradition with individual expressions of creativity. Using whatever materials are at hand, these artists fashion an array of utilitarian, ceremonial and decorative objects. While most of these creations are regional, even local, in concert and design, they share distinctly Mexican features that give them a sense of national identity.