Museum of International Folk Art


While we were in New Mexico, we visited the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. What an amazing museum! I had heard lots about it and was so excited to finally be able to go. I was told that when he entered the front door, Peter said “Geez, I think Blair could live here”.


He does know me well.
 
The Girard wing in particular, was where I would have set up my house if I did live there. It is truly a feast for the eyes! The story is that Alexander Girard and his wife began collecting in Mexico on their honeymoon, which began their love affair with folk art, miniatures, and all kinds whimisical objects. They collected more than 100,000 objects from 100 different countries, much of it on display in this wing. You can read more about this wing here.
 

 

 

 

 
I loved the section of samples and needlework-
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
 
My favorite section was of the papercuts from Poland. I could not stop looking at these. The colors and the shapes!
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Art is only art when it is synonymous with living.

-Alexander Girard

5 Comments
  • Betz

    January 8, 2014 at 5:45 am

    What a treat! I love all of those samplers. Thanks for the peek!

  • Stephanie

    January 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Oh yes, folk art is wonderful and so is this museum. So happy for you that you visited it. I first went in 2000 and then again just in April 2013. Of all my remembering back and daydreaming about it in the intervening years, it did not disappoint the second time.

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I highly recommend it if you’re ever that way!

  • blair/wisecraft

    January 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you Stephanie! I hope to go back next visit, I feel like there is a lot I didn’t really get to see.

  • Jenny (BFF)

    January 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    How funny Blair! We “liked” a lot of the same things there! The Polish papercuts in particular have inspired me to create a new work in a similar style…

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