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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) together with the Brazil Initiative at LACS feature presenters from diverse disciplines. LACS organizes and sponsors more than 50 public lectures, workshops, performances, and conferences over the course of the academic year. 

In addition to our yearly programming, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) and the Brazil Initiative at LACS are happy to consider funding requests to co-sponsor lectures, events, performances,  and activities that coincide with the center's mission to promote a broad and deep understanding of the region. Request to co-sponsor an event »

LACS Workshop and Exhibit. Crafting Communities in Oaxaca: Drawing Inspiration from Ancient Artifacts

The Fabian family
Friday, November 10, 2017
3:00-8:00 PM
Kalamazoo Room Michigan League Map
November 9, 2017
2:30 - 6:00 PM
2435 North Quad
For generations, the Fabian family from Oaxaca, Mexico has created alebrijes, whimsical wooden figurines. The pieces are inspired by nature and archaeology. The Fabian family uses traditional carving techniques combined with pre-hispanic design motifs from the ancient settlement outside their village of San Martin Tilcajete. Please join us for a live and interactive demonstration of woodcarving and painting techniques. The audience is invited to paint their own pieces with help from the artisans, ask questions, and see the artists in action.

November 10, 2017, 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room
Focusing on the intersection between art and archaeology, this exhibit features traditional Oaxacan woodcarvings called alebrijes. These pieces are the product of a collaboration between the community of San Martin Tilcajete and University of Michigan researchers. The Fabian family assisted in the excavation and analysis of archaeological artifacts from the site in their village. They have drawn inspiration from this experience to create a series of alebrijes celebrating the pre-hispanic design motifs found on artifacts recovered from ancient Zapotec houses. Through their pieces, they combine traditional woodcarving techniques with ancient motifs in an innovative celebration of contemporary, historical, and ancient art from Oaxaca, Mexico.
Building: Michigan League
Event Type: Exhibition
Tags: Art, Exhibition, International, Latin America, Workshop
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Rackham Graduate School, International Institute, U-M Office of Research, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
Upcoming Dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017 3:00-8:00 PM  (Last)