de Saisset Museum

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Santa Clara University

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Our Saints Among Us/Nuestros Santos Entre Nosotros: 400 Years of New Mexican Devotional Art


To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Spanish influence in New Mexico, when the Spanish settled in the southwestern and western United States and introduced Catholicism, "Our Saints Among Us/Nuestros Santos Entre Nosotros: 400 Years of New Mexican Devotional Art" runs through August 8, 1999.

"Our Saints" will display the work of contemporary, award-winning santeros, artists who make santos (sacred images of Catholic saints and other religious biblical subjects), as well as historical "retablos" (paintings on wood) and "bultos" (carved statues) from the 1700's and 1800's.

The exhibit will feature nearly 300 historical and contemporary pieces.

"The art is very simple. It speaks to people," says Barbe Awalt. "Our Saints" is composed of objects from the private collection of Awalt and husband Paul Rhetts, of los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Images from top to bottom (click on thumbnail images to enlarge them): Felix Lopéz, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (bulto) - detail, 1997; Alcario Otero of New Mexico, Santo Nino de Atocha, 1993; James Córdova, San José (retablo), 1995; Alcario Otero, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores (bulto), 1994; Gloria Lopez Cordova, La Huida a Egipto (bulto), 1995


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