Nativity Scenes from the Americas
Eileen Canty’s fine crèche collection, named in honor of her daughter Kate, grew, as she explains it, out of her “love for the Nativity, appreciation of folk art, and interest in travel and foreign lands and their peoples.” Nativity Scenes from the Americas offers a selection of the Kate Canty Crèche Collection that demonstrates the cultural diversity in representations of the Nativity in the Americas while also highlighting common features of a shared history. These nacimientos from different countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and the American Southwest blend pre-Hispanic elements, colonial heritage and contemporary components from eclectic traditions. Whether in Peruvian retablos, mangers from the Southwest or the work of Puerto Rican santeros, these depictions of the birth of Christ put ‘the native’ back into the Nativity. By grounding this universal story of divine presence in local contexts, the works show how artists and craftspeople in the Americas have rendered anew this powerful narrative of birth and origin.
Curator: Dr. Nereida Segura-Rico
December 1, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Reception: Sunday, December 6th, 12pm-2pm
Family Programming: Saturday, December 12th, 1pm-4pm (Free/ All ages welcomed)