Exhibition Dates: October 10, 2014 through February 15, 2015
MEX Collects: Recent Gifts & Acquisitions features an exciting selection of over thirty recent gifts, all of which “enhance and expand on the tremendous breadth and diversity of the Museum's collections," says David de la Torre, Director, who organized the exhibition. Spanning over two millennia and executed in numerous media, the works on view range from ancient culture to contemporary art and reflect the five main collecting areas of the Museum.
Pre-Hispanic Art. The Museum’s Meso-American, Central American and Peruvian collections totaling over 2,000 artifacts span 2,500 years of history. Significantly enhancing the Central American portion of the collection is a recent gift from Ms. Maggie Kent of an exquisite, intricately designed tripod vessel from Costa Rica in mint condition and a beautiful bird-like Mayan vessel from Honduras with polychrome color. Gifted from the estate of Dr. Robert David Ramsey and Thea Ramsey, the Museum has also received an elaborately garbed male sculpture holding a mirror from Nayarit and in excellent condition.
Colonial Art. There are over 1,500 objects in the Museum’s 18th and 19th century colonial art holdings including carved wooden santos, oil paintings, works on tin, metal jewelry, ecclesiastical textiles and decorative arts. New gifts from the bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Fleischmann include a selection of finely painted retablos and ex-votos on metal depicting Santo Nino de Atocha, Nuestra Señora de Pátzcuaro and Nuestra Señora de Refugio de Pecadores, among other subjects.
Popular Art. With over 7,000 objects, the folk art collection spanning the 20th century represents the largest component of the Museum’s holdings and contains fine examples of handcrafted artifacts from all the major folk art regions of Mexico. Hand sculpted ceramic pieces by Josefina Aguilar and Jesus Aguilar Alcantara portraying Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo have been gifted by long-time Museum supporters, Dr. Alvin and Mrs. Phyllis Rutner. In addition, a carved, polychrome wooden lizard sculpture by Jacobo & Maria Angeles was made possible by a gift from Ms. Wanda Nichols. Gifted by Museum Board Chair Andrew M. Kluger in memory of his mother, Mildred Kluger, is an incised copper platter from Santa Clara del Cobre illustrating the Aztec calendar. Other popular art donations include a polychrome ceramic egg with an emerging frog by Sergio Bustamante as well as a carved wooden horse dance mask, all gifts of Steve and Dale Liebes. A graceful depiction of life-size paper mache herons also by Sergio Bustamante and gifted by Los Angeles patrons, Donald and Barbara Cohen, round out the Museum’s recent popular art donations.