Jul 30 2021
Nov 14 2021
Enchanted: Visual Histories of the Central Andes

Enchanted: Visual Histories of the Central Andes

Presented by Menil Collection at Menil Collection

This exhibition explores the imagery of pre-Hispanic textiles and ceramic vessels, colonial-era ceremonial works and religious painting, and elaborate 20th-century festival dress in the museum’s permanent collection and on loan from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

It also highlights a group of recently conserved photographs by Pierre Verger (1902–1996), who gifted John and Dominique de Menil two portfolios of nearly two-hundred original gelatin silver prints from his trips through the Central Andes. After meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1941, the de Menils supported Verger’s ambition to photograph the fusion of indigenous traditions and Catholicism represented by the different religious festivals and pilgrimages in the Andes. Their support culminated in Verger’s first major publication Fiestas y Danzas en el Cusco y en los Andes (1945). On view for the first time at the Menil, Verger’s photographs picture the drama and dynamism of these seasonal events: packed celebratory crowds, evocative moments of regional dances, and portraits of festival characters wearing knitted masks, hats, and embroidered capes similar to those presented in the exhibition.

Admission Info

Free admission

Dates & Times

2021/07/30 - 2021/11/14

Location Info

Menil Collection

1515 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006