Turok, To Speak About Mexican Folk Art and the Concurso Process
Folk art is joyous, folk art is
colorful, and folk art is the very soul of Mexico. No wonder many san
miguelenses are fascinated by indigenous-made arts, to the point of venturing
many kilometers to famous "mercados" to meet the artisans themselves.
During these annual markets, such as Day of the Dead in Pátzcuaro
and Semana Santa in Uruapan, artisans bring forth their finest efforts
for entry into a juried contest, known as a "concurso". But,
what is the actual concurso process? What are the judges seeking? And
what constitutes a grand prize winner? These questions and more will be
answered during a special lecture, "An Evening with Marta Turok".
Marta Turok is considered an expert's expert in folk art circles. Turok
received her formal education in anthropology at Tufts University and
the Universidad Nacional Autónima de México (UNAM). Among
several scholarships and grants awarded Turok was the Harvard Chiapas
Project/National Science Foundation grant. Marta Turok served as the Executive
Director of Mexico's Office of Popular Culture/Ministry of Public Education
from 1986 to1989, and worked with the Ministry of Public Education from1983.
To date, she has curated eight major museum exhibitions including multiple
shows at the Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City. As a talented writer, Turok
has contributed to or is sole author of more than forty books, articles
and scientific papers on the subject of Mexican folk art and indigenous
practices. Many will be familiar with her fascinating contribution to
the book, Ceramic Trees of Life, Popular Art from Mexico, published by
the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History (Los Angeles, 2003).
Today, Turok serves as president of the Asociación Mexicana de
Arte y Cultura Popular (AMACUP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to
"integrated artisan development" focusing on cultural preservation
while seeking new economic opportunities for artisan co-ops. Another frequent
hat Marta wears is the role of expert juror at various folk art concursos
throughout the year. It is from this perspective that Turok will speak.
In this lecture, attendees will learn the history of folk art concursos,
gain insight into the entry process, learn about the qualifications that
artisans must meet, and will better understand the hardships endured by
artisans in order to produce a prize-winning piece. Turok will walk us
through the judging process revealing what is actually going through her
mind as each entry is critically regarded. Specific folk art examples
will be cited providing attendees with an expert's perspective on what
constitutes a prize-winner, or not. The evening will conclude with Turok
identifying important trends in Mexican folk art today.
As you consider your next folk art acquisition or study the prize winners
at a concurso event, why not do so with the added knowledge of an expert?
These insights and more will be shared during "An Evening with Marta
Turok" hosted by La Calaca Arte Popular and Zócalo Fine Folk
Art & Furniture.
What: "An Evening with Marta
Turok", Mexican folk art lecture.
When: Tuesday, March 8, 7pm.
Where: El Recreo de San Miguel, Recreo #4, Upstairs Auditorium.
Tickets: Complimentary tickets available at La Calaca Arte Popular (Mesones
and Zócalo Fine Folk Art & Furniture (Hernández Macías
Hosted by: La Calaca Arte Popular and Zócalo Fine Folk Art &
For more Info:152-0663.