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San Simon: Manifestations of a Guatemalan Folk Saint

Three San Simons, wood, fabric, straw, ca. early 20th centuryOctober 25- December 13, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat. October 25 4-7pm
Curator and Collector Talk: Mon. October 27 10am
This exhibition consists of figures, altars, masks and images of San Simon/Maximón, a revered folk saint of Guatemala, who is treated with great deference for his abilities to bestow blessings as well as grave misfortune. Curated by Peri M. Klemm and Bill Mercer with students from Exhibition Design (Art 342/542), this show features the renowned collection of Jim and Jeanne Pieper and will present various depictions and guises of this unique syncretic folk saint. The exhibition opening will be on San Simon’s feast day when he appears in processions and his altars are renewed with offerings of tobacco, alcohol, incense, clothing, money, candles, and food.
Gallery Hours: Mon-Sat 12-4pm, Thurs. 12-8pm (closed Nov 11, 27,28,29)

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