ARTFUL ARMADILLOS featured small figures from Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, Mexico and the U.S.A. The armadillos were fashioned from materials easily available to their makers — many of whom were anonymous. Wood, clay, gourd, horn, coconut, metal, seashells, pine cones, straw and toothpicks form the animals’ bodies, while paint or glaze and, in one case, a felt pen decorate these charming creatures. Also on view were a handsome print portraying an almost abstract armadillo and a once-living, now-stuffed armadillo.
Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, the majority of the exhibition was once the quirky, whimsical collection amassed during many years by the late Katarina Real-Cate, an authority on the folk arts of Brazil and a longtime member of the Museum’s International Advisory Board. “We are delighted to honor Katarina’s memory with this exhibition that reveals her particular fondness for one of Latin America’s most popular denizens,” says Rob Sidner.
Designer: Jeremiah Maloney
Collection Source: Mingei International Museum