The Amate Tradition: Innovation & Dissent in Mexican Art


The Amate Tradition: Innovation & Dissent in Mexican Art, Jan 27 – May 28, 1995

Summary: This landmark exhibition showcased sixty contemporary amate (tree bark paper) paintings created by Nahua artists from the Alto Balsas region in the state of Guerrero. These elaborate and imaginative amate paintings reflect the innovation and genius of the Nahuas, one of Mexico’s fifty-six indigenous groups, and demonstrated how this art form was utilized by the community as a form of political protest.

Curator: Jonathan D. Amith

Organizing Institution: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum Original Main Gallery

*Exhibition catalogue published by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum.

Friday, January 27, 1995 to Sunday, May 28, 1995