martes, 21 de julio de 2015

Feather Art in Patzcuaro

The Museum of Arts and Popular Industries of Patzcuaro is presenting “Feathers and Wind,” an intriguing exhibition of feather art until August 30.  The exhibition is that of feather artisans from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, “Nicolaita” Group.



Feather Art at the Museum of Art and Popular Industries of Pátzcuaro
Feather Art at the Museum of Art and Popular Industries of Pátzcuaro
The Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo has had a feather art workshop in Morelia since 1995. The “Nicolaitas” Group dates from 2006, and was then led by Martha Leticia López Luna. Since then, this dedicated group of artists has preserved the important heritage of the feather art in Michoacan.



Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."


Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
The works of Grupo “Nicolaita” have been exhibited in collective and individual exhibitions, in different localities of Michoacan, as well as at the national level.  It has been awarded numerous honors and awards.




Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."

Feather art, an indigenous cultural medium, dates back to pre-Hispanic times. The clothing used by the priests and rulers were decorated with feathers, indicating hierarchy.


Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
 
Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
The Spanish conquistadors were amazed to find such beauty and refinement in the garb of the priests and rulers, as well as that of their gods. Feather art altered the general conception of art, making it a revealing part of the culture.


Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."

During the viceroyalty of New Spain, feather art was concentrated in objects of religious worship. The evangelists took these feather techniques to create pieces that would facilitate the catechization of the indigenous. The indigenous artists implanted their technique into Franciscan and Augustinian images to “connect” the evangelization.


Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."


Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
 
The feather workers of Michoacan were quickly distinguished; they are even referenced in the Relación de Michoacán or “Chronicleof Michoacán”, as well as chronicles of travelers and accounts of reporters who wrote about this artistic expression, and the abilities of the Purépecha to create it.


Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."

In the exhibition, you will see the instruments the feather workers used. Give yourself time to observe the different types of feathers used, including chicken, duck, Cuban pigeon, Australian parakeet, peacock, blue cardinal, pheasant, hummingbird, canary and other birds.


Feather Art Instruments at the “Feathers and Wind,” Exhibition in Patzcuaro
Feather Art Instruments at the “Feathers and Wind,” Exhibition in Patzcuaro

Among the present-day artists who are present in this exhibition about feather art are Ma. Guillermina Chavez Avila, Martha Leticia Lopez Luna, Juana Flores Cisneros, Alma Alicia Arias Diaz, Susana Contreras Rocha and Emmanuel Von Arx.


Different types of feathers used for Feather Art at the “Feathers and Wind,” Exhibition in Patzcuaro
Different types of feathers used for Feather Art at the “Feathers and Wind,” Exhibition in Patzcuaro

During these summer holidays, take the time to visit this exhibition, a couple blocks from our Hotel Mansion Iturbe. Learn more about this fascinating art form, a pre-Hispanic technique that lingers in Michoacan, during your next visit to Patzcuaro.


Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."
Feather Art in Patzcuaro, Exhibition “Feathers and Wind."

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