ncestry and Artistry explores the rich textile culture of the Maya of Guatemala. The curator, Roxane Shaughnessy, notes:
“Cloth holds great importance for Guatemala’s indigenous communities, and traditional dress plays an essential role in Maya identity today as a vital link with the ancestral past and a means of cultural reinvention. Through an array of textiles patterned with evocative designs rich in iconography, Ancestry and Artistry traces a century of dynamic change as well as the remarkable continuity of ancient Maya traditions in the face of significant modernization, political upheaval, and religious transformation.”
In addition to a stunning array of embroidered and woven garments, the exhibition will feature a selection of works by contemporary artists Andrea Aragón, Verónica Riedel, and photo-journalist Jean-Marie Simon.