The popular art of Oaxaca celebrates ancestral crafts and techniques passed down from generation to generation. ¡Órale! The Magical Art of Oaxaca showcases how contemporary artists are preserving tradition while exploring the impact of change in their communities, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Drawing upon indigenous Zapotec traditions, the artists utilize local materials and techniques to create vibrant and innovative art forms that reflect a heritage deeply rooted in tradition and the land itself. The woodcarvers, weavers and potters in this exhibition reflect the centuries of economic, societal and cultural changes that the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico has endured.
Explore the origins of Oaxacan artisans’ raw materials and journey through the creation of their artwork. Learn of the different themes and subjects that have been carried into our San Antonio culture from Mexico.
Uncover the many connections in ¡Órale! The Magical Art of Oaxaca as you explore the Witte Museum’s exhibition galleries such as the textiles in the Kittie West Nelson Ferguson People of the Pecos Gallery and the agave in the museum’s gardens.
¡Órale! The Magical Art of Oaxaca will be on display August 28, 2021 through December 5, 2021 in the upstairs gallery near the Kittie West Nelson Ferguson People of the Pecos Gallery and is included with museum admission.
¡Órale! The Magical Art of Oaxaca is presented by William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation and is generously supported by the William Knox Holt Foundation.