The Menil Collection presents the closing day “Enchanted: Visual Histories of the Central Andes”


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Head shaped goblet (Kero), Perhaps representing a person from the forest (Anti or Chuncho), late 15th to 18th century.


Photo courtesy of the Menil Collection

Along the west coast of South America, the Andean mountains have supported a rich and interconnected series of civilizations and empires for more than 3,000 years. Overseeing this captivating and multifaceted world, the Menil collection will present “Enchanted: Visual Histories of the Central Andes”. The exhibition will feature works from the museum’s collection and on loan from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM.

More than 40 objects from different historical moments in Andean history will be on display, including polychrome ceramic vessels from the Nazca culture (around 100 BCE to 800 AD), important textiles from the Wari (c. 600-1000 AD 1150-1450) civilizations, and examples from the 20th and 21st centuries of richly embroidered slavinas (short capes) and monteas (hats) worn on religious festivals in Peru.

In addition to these objects, a selection of gelatin silver photographic prints by Pierre Verger, also known as Fátúmbí (1902-1996). Images of religious festivals in Orchard in the Andes, taken between 1939 and 1945, highlight the costumes, dances and dramatic moments of these annual events.


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