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New Exhibitions to Open Aug. 12 at UW Art Museum

August 2, 2017
stylized image of an Asian man staring at a house
John L. Doyle’s “The Vision” is among works from “Medicine Men and Builders: The Great Human Race by John L. Doyle” that will open Saturday, Aug. 12, at the UW Art Museum. (UW Art Museum Collection Photo)

Three new exhibitions will open Saturday, Aug. 12, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

“Medicine Men and Builders: The Great Human Race by John L. Doyle” depicts a visual interpretation of architecture and the many facets of medicine men who are bound together through the physical and spiritual aspects. The prints are selected from two series, “The Builders” and “Medicine Men,” which are included in the broader series, “The Great Human Race,” drawn from the Art Museum’s collection.

The images serve as a visual recording of the categorical statements about civilization and the cultural development of particular disciplines, such as medicine, architecture, law and business. Based on drawings produced by Doyle during his many years studying ethnology and anthropology, the images reflect his fascination with the human condition and the nobility of the human spirit. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 16.

“Changing Faces: Traditional and Contemporary Mexican Masks” presents a selection of contemporary Mexican masks on loan from a private collection. The exhibition features three different, distinct design styles of Mexican masks: designs that predate the arrival of the Spanish in the region; those influenced by the arrival of Spanish; and the combination of the two styles that are born from the artist’s imagination.

Masks appear in virtually every region of the world and are one of the most ancient means of changing identity by assuming a new persona. Still used today in performances to entertain, distract, provoke, inspire, fear, and instruct the viewers and participants, masks are an important vehicle of cultural and spiritual power. The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 18.

“Following the Manito Trail” is an interdisciplinary ethnographic project that documents the Hispanic New Mexican, or Manito, migration from New Mexico to different parts of the United States during the last century. The exhibition considers many sociocultural factors that have allowed Manito culture to endure beyond geographic restraints and contextualizes many aspects of Wyoming life and culture that Manitos have shaped, contributed to and influenced. Oral histories, photographs and artifacts that document, for the first time, contributions that Manitos have had on the western United States are included. 

“Following the Manito Trail” has been organized and is presented by UW’s American Heritage Center. The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 18.

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Through its “Museum as Classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

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