Francesca Fuchs: Serious and Slightly Funny Things

On view December 18 - March 13, 2022

Houston-based artist Francesca Fuchs creates paintings and sculptures about artifacts from our daily lives. Looking at mugs and thrift-store paintings, objects made by children or collected from her parents’ home, Fuchs considers how these things might describe the world around her. In some instances, she traces an object’s journey across decades; a mug she used in Germany in the 70s--inspired by Mexican painting traditions--is now remade in Houston, almost five decades later. What does it mean, Fuchs asks, to live with something, to use it every day, to see its relationships to types of objects in other homes? In paintings marked by subtle color and shadow, Fuchs dissolves the distinction between high and low, between personal and public, between what we feel and what we know.

On Friday, December 17, 2021, AMSET will hold an opening reception from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Fuchs and essayist Dean Daderko will be in attendance to speak about the exhibition. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call (409) 832-3432.

Collecting a Master | Coleccionando la obra de un Maestro:

Carlomagno Pedro Martínez in the John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art

On view October 2, 2021 - March 12, 2023

This fall, AMSET’s main galleries will feature an exhibition of artist Carlomagno Pedro MartínezCarlomagno Pedro Martínez is a Mexican artist and artisan in “barro negro” ceramics from San Bartolo Coyotepec, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. He comes from a family of potters in a town noted for the craft. He began molding figures as a child and received artistic training when he was 18. Carlomagno draws his inspiration from the cultural wealth he observes within daily life in Mexico. Although the majority of the pieces he creates are inspired by traditional Oaxacan characters and imagery, he also includes humorous portrayals of present-day personalities and events. His expressiveness and realism distinguish his work. The most reoccurring theme is death and includes festive skeletons, devils, etc. Experts consider that the pieces produced by this artisan are authentic works of folk art with strong roots in tradition. His work has been exhibited in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe and he has been recognized as an artist as well as an artisan. Today, he is also the director of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca (MEAPO) in his hometown. In 2014, Martínez was awarded Mexico's National Prize for Arts and Sciences. This exhibition will also feature multimedia work from the John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art.

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