Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM



Curiouser & Curiouser: A Walk Through the Looking Glass


The Rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly, that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself...

And neither will you as you're drawn into "Curiouser & Curiouser: A Walk Through the Looking Glass," when it opens June 4, 2000, at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.

Don't think, just look, listen, and let yourself go into this otherworld of bowls and egg people, soap card and rocking horses, fish and hats and wraps and candles. (left: Carved Jackrabbit, by Leroy Ortega,1986, Santa Fe, NM, of wood, wire and paint)

If it makes no sense, so much the better, say curator Tamara Tjardes, who has pulled objects (can you hear the outgribing from those not?) from the Neutrogena Collection for this second exhibition of a wonder-world of works collected from all over by former Neutrogena Corporation CEO Lloyd Cotsen.

Curiouser and curiouser! cried Alice (she was so surprised that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).

Follow the directions - if you don't care much where you go - through the growing library, to the greening garden. on to the tea party, then back again. Take your time and don't miss a thing, because all 180 or so are there for reasons only exhibition designer Nancy Allen can explain. (left: Mary Bowman, Soft Sculpture Rabbit, ca. 1980, various fabrics)

So don't blame the Sheep, who said,:"I didn't put 'em there, and I'm not going to take 'em away." At least not until December 31, 2001, when the show closes no matter how much you wish it wouldn't.

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