Functional Works & the Story of Mata Ortiz

Functional Works & the Story of Mata Ortiz:

This exhibition is made up of handbuilt functional pottery created by artists from Mata Ortiz. Mata Ortiz is a small town in Chihuahua, Mexico, whose residents revived the tradition of pottery making inspired by shards and pots from the Casas Grandes or Paquimé peoples, who lived there until around 1450 or 1540 CE. During our discussions, we will focus on the coil building style used to make the modern day work and on the story of the economic revival in the town of Mata Ortiz.

Related Book Reading: “The Pot that Juan Built,” by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, Illustrated by David Diaz .

Book Summary: Quezada creates stunning pots in the traditional style of the Casas Grandes people, including using human hair to make brushes and cow dung to feed the fire. This real-life story is written in the form of “The House That Jack Built,” and relays how Juan’s pioneering work has changed a poor village into a prosperous community of world-class artists. Illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Diaz.

Length of visit and details of program to be discussed via email after booking.

Duration: 24 hours

Figurative Works

Figurative Works:

This exhibition is made up of figurative sculpture from Central American, South America, and Russia. During our discussions, we will compare and contrast the similarities and differences between these cultures and explore common themes such as music, social status, and companionship.

Related book reading: “Same, Same But Different,” by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw.

Book Summary: Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same. But different!

Through an inviting point-of-view and colorful, vivid illustrations, this story shows how two boys living oceans apart can be the best of friends.

Length of visit and details of program to be discussed via email after booking.

Duration: 24 hours

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