Exhibitions & Collections

Upcoming Exhibition

Mundos Pequeños:

Mexican Miniatures from the John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art

July 20 – September 15, 2024

Mundos Pequeños: Miniatures from the John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art will continue AMSET’s annual summer tradition of exhibiting works from the permanent collection. It will be on view in tandem with a second permanent collection exhibition titled Dreams, Screams & Fantastical Things. Mundos Pequeños will include over 20 miniature artworks made from a variety of materials. These will include miniature masks, nativity scenes, trees of life, altars, and micro-woven textiles. Large versions of these objects, such as masks and trees of life, will be exhibited alongside the miniatures to demonstrate size differences. Creating miniatures is a time honored tradition in Mexico and pre-dates Spanish colonialism. Miniatures are often modeled after every-day functional items, but can also include non-functional art objects. Miniatures demonstrate the high quality of Mexican craft, as well as a whimsical element of Mexican culture.

The exhibition will continue to add scholarly research to the museum’s Fairey Collection, as well as provide insight to visitors about the long tradition of making miniatures in Mexico. It will include a free gallery guide with an essay written by Curator of Exhibitions, Caitlin Clay, about the history of Mexican miniatures, and an installation in the Conn Take pART Education Gallery showcasing miniatures created by and owned by local artists and collectors. If you have a miniature you would be interested in sharing with our visitors, contact Caitlin Clay at [email protected].

Dreams, Screams, & Fantastical Things

July 20 – September 15, 2024

Dreams, Screams & Fantastical Things will draw from the museum’s permanent collection of over 1,700 artworks. It will showcase fine art objects next to folk art objects, including works from our Contemporary Texas, Regional Folk Art, American Folk Art, and Mexican Folk Art collections. The exhibition will spotlight artworks in the collection that depict one or more of the themes of dreams, horror or fantasy. Folk art in particular fits well within these categories. American folk art can often be classified into sub-categories, including visionary and religiously inspired. Mexican folk art is also often inspired by religion, as well as a general, overarching interest in the macabre. The exhibition will also include works from the collection that have rarely been exhibited or that have not been exhibited at all since their acquisition. Several of these works will be newly framed so that visitors can enjoy them. There will be a free gallery guide with an essay written by Curator of Exhibitions, Caitlin Clay, about the exhibition.

These exhibitions are generously funded, in part, by Judge Marcia & Seth Crone and matching funds from BNY Mellon and awards from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, Jefferson County and the members of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. 

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