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On view September 22 through November 25, 2018
Opening Reception:  6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018
Free and open to the public

Artist Deborah Luster lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Galway, Ireland. She is currently represented by Jack Shainman Gallery and has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (2013), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2004), and the Galveston Arts Center (2002). Luster is recognized for her use of photography and installation work, focusing on the relationship between humanity, violence and its consequences. Her One Big Self and Tooth for an Eye projects received numerous accolades and were published in book form. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in 2013, and a residency in Dublin with the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2014. Over the last few years, Luster has visited the prisons of Louisiana, including the infamous Angola maxim-security prison, where she has created portraits of inmates that capture the physiognomy of the sitter, focusing on their spirit and humanity often seen as lost due to incarceration. The current exhibition features portraits of inmates in costumes they created for a performance of the Passion Play performed at Angola, as well as a video installation. Author Zachary Lazar, a colleague of the artist and published writer, will write an essay in conjunction with the exhibition.


Textiles from the John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art

On view September 22 through November 25, 2018
Opening Reception: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018
Free and open to the public

 This fall we will feature a stunning exhibition of contemporary and historic Mexican textiles from AMSET’s permanent collection of Mexican Folk Art, gifted by John Gaston Fairey in memory of his parents, Philip and Isabel Fairey. Most of the work is from Oaxaca and from families of artists and artisans. There are many works by unknown artists, and numerous pieces acquired after multiple visits to an artist’s home in remote and hard to find sites. The textiles on view example the vibrant colors and exceptional prowess of Mexican artists working in this field, creating stunning costumes, clothing, blankets, and decorative table covers, as well as woven baskets from native plant fibers. While many of these objects serve a practical function, their aesthetic significance is evidenced in the hand sewn details, indigenous dyes from snails and native plants, and ornate patterns, which set these objects as significant examples of the arts of Mexico and symbols of cultural pride. 


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