What did I get my self into? and how soon can I do another one?
So, I´m organizing my very first exhibition. It is about cartonería, Mexico’s paper mache tradition and the subject of the book I published last year, Mexican Cartonería: Paper, Paste and Fiesta.
The opening is next week on March 18th, 2020 on the Day of the Artisan (Día de Artesano) in Mexico. The show will be held at the Escuela de Artesanía (School of Handcrafts) part of Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBAL).
It has been quite the learning experience. I will go into it more perhaps in later blog posts, but suffice it to say it is one thing to “know” Mexico’s institutions have a red tape problem, it is quite another to get tangled up in it. Most of my plans either didnt pan out or I had to find alternative ways of doing things to avoid the bureaucracy. I also found out that 4 months is not really a lot of time to do something like this. At least not the way I want to do it.
All that said… the exhibition is coming together. Almost all of the artisans and collectors I have worked with have been professional and dedicated. The purpose of the exhibition (and accompanying presenters) is to give a panorama of the craft to students, much they way the book does for foreigners.
The inauguration is at 12pm on the 18th, with presentations in the afternoon on the 18th, 19th and 20th. In addition, I am doing a book presentation in English at the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City, a location that is easier to get to for most foreigners.
I will try to post next week on some of what the presenters do. Meanwhile, the photos are sneak peek…