Art of the Americas

Mingei International Museum
Art of the Americas – Mesoamerican, Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei’s Permanent Collection
On view September 16, 2017 through February 18, 2018

Art of the Americas – Mesoamerican, Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei’s Permanent Collection is the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Museum’s significant holdings of objects used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico, Central America and South America. Objects featured in the exhibition straddle cultural boundaries—from the Olmec and Mayan civilizations in Mexico to the Moche civilization in Peru—as well as numerous ancient traditions and cultures, including the indigenous Teuchitlán, Zoque, Huastec and western Mexican societies. The works range from objects made for ritual and ceremonial use; such as figurines, vessels, and sculptures depicting gods, shamans, animals, marine life, and floral motifs; to objects for domestic use; including jars, bowls, spindle whorls, ocarinas (wind instruments), roller stamps used for decorating cloth, as well as adornments such as beads and ear plugs. A rare collection of Mayan textile fragments will also be presented.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

Photo Credit: Katie Gardner

Mingei International Museum

Located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, Mingei International Museum collects, preserves and exhibits “art of the world, art of the people,” including folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. A non-profit institution funded by admission, individuals, and community support, the Museum offers inspiring exhibitions and diverse educational programs to more than 100,000 visitors a year. Institutional support for Mingei International Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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