SAN ANTONIO – You can take a trip to southern Mexico beginning today at the Witte Museum. The Witte is celebrating the opening of their newest exhibit “¡Órale! The Magical Art of Oaxaca” that explores some of the southern Mexican state’s traditional art forms and universal themes, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
The art featured is thanks to local collector, Bill Scanlan of the William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation. Cultural and societal changes of Oaxaca are reflected by the woodcarving, weaving and clay making of contemporary artists. The art showcases themes present in San Antonio.
“There is this wonderful connection of a past that is deeply rooted over thousands of years with the indigenous roots as well as a contemporary community here in San Antonio,” Amy Fulkerson, the Witte Museum’s chief Curator said.
Artwork including one made from red clay and a woven piece, among others reflect what was happening in Aaxaca during the pandemic.
“Many of these are universal themes that we can all relate to that feeling of being cooped up during quarantine, but it’s also the loss of loved ones,” Fulkerson said. “The art is the artisans hope for the recovery of the world.”
“¡Órale! The Magical Art of Oaxaca” is now open and included with admission.
To purchase tickets, click here.