Folk Art: The View from Within

Henry Glassie (Indiana University)

Alto do Moura, a small town in the Brazilian Northeast, is famed for sculpture in clay. Between 2007 and 2021, interviews with twenty-one artists revealed that they define their art as a conjunction of continuity and creativity. Continuity yields aesthetic coherence and social solidarity. Creativity yields constant innovation and personal satisfaction. Their tradition, they say, is always changing. Their art — arte popular, folk art — is endangered and always improving.

Part of 06-06 Phases of Fieldwork, Friday, November 03, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm