Last June, Guadalajara Reporter contributor Elaine Halleck described an outstanding exhibition of around 50 pieces of Wixárika (Huichol) art at the Instituto Cultural Cabañas in downtown Guadalajara.
All of these were “yarn paintings” created by pressing brightly colored yarn onto a base of wax or resin and some of the pieces were so large I would call them murals.
The works were on loan from places like Harvard University and the Museum of Natural History in New York. I had hoped to see them before the scheduled end of the show in October, but somehow never got the chance.
Last week I visited the Cabañas and to my great surprise and delight, I discovered that the extraordinary collection was still there, and, I’m happy to say, will stay up through to the end of this year.
Wandering through the six salons showing these works of art, I was mesmerized by their beauty and at the same time deeply curious to know what all those mysterious images meant.
“You’re in luck because next to every picture frame there’s a detailed explanation of what it’s all about,” said my friend Rodrigo Orozco.