folk art
May 27, 2007 8:32 PM   Subscribe

Loved the recycled tin briefcases from Senegal.

It's a gigantic subject, international folk art, so much great stuff out there.

On the African folk art page, what is described as a Pelican Puppet
Bozo People, Mali, really looks more like a chi wara headdress of the Bamana tribe, Mali.

The topics are fabulous, recyled folk art and international folk art in general but the sites in the post were quite stingy, fuddy duddy with their images and stories, which made the treasures seem diminished. I like more of a bold presentation and color with my folk art, like Day of the Dead; fantasy coffins from Ghana, animals from Oaxaca...
posted by nickyskye at 1:38 AM on May 28, 2007

I went to this museum when I was in New Mexico, dhruva, and it was indeed wonderful and the collection enormous. Of course, all of New Mexico seemed a giant gallery of folk art with the retablos, bultos and santos, the pueblo pottery and native storytellers, the weaving, the rock art - I only spent a week in New Mexico and fell in love with it.

Santa Fe also hosts one of the largest folk art markets, this year July 14 and 15, 2007 - I'd love to go to this sometime.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:18 AM on May 28, 2007

Wow. Three of my favourite linkers all in the same thread!

-all of New Mexico seemed a giant gallery of folk art-
That's always been my ignorant distant romantic vision of NM actually - or at least, that and the amazing landscapes. That would be near the top of states for me to visit if..

I have no links to add here but the recycling reminds me of a show I saw the other night about street kids in (I think it was) Kenya (only saw part of it) and a grassroots effort to help some of them off glue -- they had formed a street band and they had this amazing quasi-drum set made out of various sized pvc pipes played like bongos so it was kind of wind-percussion. Very cool sound.
Thanks all.
posted by peacay at 7:42 AM on May 28, 2007

Wow. Three of my favourite linkers all in the same thread!

A really nice compliment peacay. mjjj and dhruva are superb company. You too. :) Thanks.

Was the street kids' music you saw like a pvc balafon?

mjjj, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market sounds amazing, what a roster.
posted by nickyskye at 9:37 AM on May 28, 2007

A very nice compliment indeed, peacay - thanks. And nickyskye, thank you too. As far as I'm concerned, this thread is now a love in!

Hey, let's all go the Santa Fe Folk Market this year!
/ dreams.
posted by madamjujujive at 2:07 PM on May 28, 2007

Love love love.
posted by nickyskye at 2:39 PM on May 28, 2007

wow. This thread is great, I was so sure this post would sink like a stone. It's so weird that I see all these great markets and museums on the net, and I know that it would be so much better to actually see them in person, and then I realize that New Mexico is on the far side of the world. Still, if I ever get to these places, I'll know what to look for.
posted by dhruva at 7:01 PM on May 28, 2007

balafon - probably a bit more like this but with various diameters and done just with hands. And you can't go past a mix of Van, Bob and Athens for classy taste!
posted by peacay at 7:53 PM on May 28, 2007

ps: nickyskye, those fantasy coffins from Ghana are incredible!
posted by dhruva at 9:16 PM on May 28, 2007

oh wow peacay, that is one incredible pvc musical instrument. Whoda thunk? Or in this case a good thonk sound. Wonder if it has a name? Cool gizmo.

dhruva, Glad you liked them. And no post you'll make will ever sink like a stone. No way.
posted by nickyskye at 10:02 PM on May 28, 2007

dhruva, great post, but now I feel almost guilty that I haven't been to the Folk Art Museum (as they call it in these parts) yet. Rest assured that if you ever do make it to New Mexico, there is plenty of other art to see besides the MOIFA.
posted by yohko at 10:10 PM on May 29, 2007

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