Dévocion del Pueblo

Religious Folk Art of Guatemala

October 05–December 29, 2001

The exhibition showcases contemporary Guatemalan folk art through an extraordinary collection of santos.

These santos (polychrome statues of saints) partake in the custom of Arte popular (folk art), in which artifacts are an integral part of the context in which they were made. From the lighthearted depiction of San Crispin, the friend of domesticated animals, to Santa Catarina, the patron saint of the village of Nahuala, and from representations of Christian martyrs to figures of San Antonio de Padua, collectively, the pieces in this exhibition chronicle a way of life revolving around the celebrations and festivals that give meaning to a people’s Christian faith. The exhibition is on loan from Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania.