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LACS Workshop and Exhibit. Crafting Communities in Oaxaca: Drawing Inspiration from Ancient Artifacts

The Fabian family
Thursday, November 9, 2017
2:30-6:00 PM
Room 2345 North Quad Map
November 9, 2017
2:30 - 6:00 PM
2435 North Quad
For generations, the Fabian family from Oaxaca, Mexico has created alebrijes, whimsical wooden figurines. The pieces are inspired by nature and archaeology. The Fabian family uses traditional carving techniques combined with pre-hispanic design motifs from the ancient settlement outside their village of San Martin Tilcajete. Please join us for a live and interactive demonstration of woodcarving and painting techniques. The audience is invited to paint their own pieces with help from the artisans, ask questions, and see the artists in action.

November 10, 2017, 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room
Focusing on the intersection between art and archaeology, this exhibit features traditional Oaxacan woodcarvings called alebrijes. These pieces are the product of a collaboration between the community of San Martin Tilcajete and University of Michigan researchers. The Fabian family assisted in the excavation and analysis of archaeological artifacts from the site in their village. They have drawn inspiration from this experience to create a series of alebrijes celebrating the pre-hispanic design motifs found on artifacts recovered from ancient Zapotec houses. Through their pieces, they combine traditional woodcarving techniques with ancient motifs in an innovative celebration of contemporary, historical, and ancient art from Oaxaca, Mexico.
Building: North Quad
Event Type: Exhibition
Tags: Art, Exhibition, International, Latin America, Workshop
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Rackham Graduate School, International Institute, U-M Office of Research, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, November 9, 2017 2:30-6:00 PM