The Menil Collection presents "Enchanted: Visual Histories of the Central Andes" opening day

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Enchanted: Visual Histories of the Central Andes
Drinking Cup (Kero) in the Form of Head, Possibly Representing a Person from the Forest (Anti or Chuncho), late 15th–18th century. Photo courtesy of The Menil Collection

Running along the western side of South America, the Andean Mountains have supported a rich, interconnected series of civilizations and empires for more than 3,000 years. Surveying this captivating, multifaceted world, the Menil Collection will present "Enchanted: Visual Histories of the Central Andes." The exhibition will showcase works from the museum’s collection and loans from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM.

More than 40 objects from different historical moments of Andean history will be on view, including polychrome ceramic vessels of the Nazca culture (ca. 100 BCE–800 CE), important textiles from the Wari (ca. 600–1000 CE) and Chimú (ca. 1150–1450) civilizations, and 20th–21st century examples of elaborately embroidered esclavinas (short capes) and monteras (hats) worn during religious festivals in Peru.

Complementing these objects is a selection of gelatin silver photographic prints by Pierre Verger, also known as Fátúmbí (1902–1996). Verger’s images of religious festivals in the Andes, taken between 1939 and 1945, highlight the costumes, dances, and dramatic moments of these annual events.

The exhibition will remain on display through November 14.

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The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006

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Admission is free.