Saint Joseph and The Laborers

When:
February 20, 2021 - November 20, 2021

Time:
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Category:
Exhibits For the Community University Art Museum

Location:
N/A

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Saint Joseph & The Laborers
This exhibition will be open by appointment beginning Saturday, February 20, 2021. 

The New Mexico State University Art Museum will present, “Saint Joseph & The Laborers,” created through donations from various retablo collectors, including retablo expert Gloria Fraser Giffords. The exhibit delves into the role of the laborer through the lens of Mexican retablo imagery.

The exhibit will be open to the public beginning Feb. 20th through a timed ticket reservation system, allowing up to two people to enter in 30-minute time blocks.

“Saint Joseph & The Laborers,” will be on display through Nov. 2021 in the newly created Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery and is curated by Courtney Uldrich, MA Candidate, 2021 as part of the course ART 597. 

Saints such as the Archangels: Saint Michael and Saint Raphael, San Miguel y San Rafael, Saint Isidore, San Isidro and Saint Vincent Ferrer, San Vicente Ferrer, are other key patrons of laborers in the Mexican Catholic faith. Their imagery is widespread across the Mexican retablos displayed in this exhibition. 

In this exhibition, the UAM will also display for the first time a Mexican statue, or bulto, as well as other retablo paintings from the recent donation to the UAM Permanent Art Collection by leading retablo expert Gloria Fraser Giffords.

Reserve your free timed ticket to see the exhibition by clicking here. 

 

The University Art Museum (UAM) is excited to present Saint Joseph & The Laborers, the second exhibition in the newly created Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery at the UAM. In Saint Joseph & The Laborers, the role of the laborer will be looked at through the lens of Mexican retablo imagery. Through acts of labor, humans fulfill the command found in Genesis to care for the earth, and the direction to be productive in their labors. Saint Joseph (San José), the foster-father of Jesus, was a carpenter in Nazareth, serving as a key example of the holiness of human labor. Before Spain had accepted Saint Joseph as a devotional saint, Mexico had already been the “chosen land of Saint Joseph” for several decades, his image disseminated in the common art of retablo painting. Saints such as the Archangels: Saint Michael and Saint Raphael (San Miguel y San Rafael), Saint Isidore (San Isidro), and Saint Vincent Ferrer (San Vicente Ferrer) are other key patrons of laborers in the Mexican Catholic faith, their imagery widespread across Mexican retablos displayed in this exhibition. In this exhibition, the UAM will display for the first time a Mexican bulto (statue), as well as other retablo paintings from the recent donation to the UAM Permanent Art Collection by leading retablo expert Gloria Fraser Giffords.

Take part in a retablo making workshop a prerecorded virtual event with artist Karen Conley where she teaches community members and children how to make retablos for the museum’s next event, “Joseph’s Feast Day,” a community-sourced collection of homemade altars built by confined families all over the world.

Lesson plan available now for download by clicking here.