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Dobles Vidas: USF Gallery Debuts Work by Celebrated Mexican FolkArtists

by Monica Villavicencio, Office of Marketing Communication

Celebrated folk art exhibit opens Aug. 18 at the Thacher Gallery.

From indigenous ceremonial masks to fantastical papier-mâché monsters, the Thacher Gallery’s new exhibit offers a taste of Mexican folk art at its finest.

Celebrated artists

A cornucopia of color, Dobles Vidas is an exploration of Mexico’s folk traditions, iconography, and imagination. The exhibit features more than 60 art pieces from San Francisco’s The Mexican Museum, including Huichol yarn paintings, objects commemorating the Day of the Dead, and Pedro Linares’ famed alebrijes — creatures he dreamed during a fever-induced hallucination in the 1940s. The exhibit also features work by some of Mexico’s most celebrated folk artists such as Doña Rosa, Teodora Blanco, and Josefina Aguilar.

Museum Studies teams with SF Mexican Museum

Dobles Vidas, is the second collaboration between USF’s Thacher Gallery and The Mexican Museum. Students from USF’s Master of Museum Studies program curated and installed the exhibit, which is free and open to the public from Aug. 18 to Dec. 12. An opening reception will be held on Aug. 26 from 2–4 p.m.

Thacher Gallery is located in Gleeson Library/Geschke Center on USF’s Hilltop Campus and open daily from 12–6 p.m.