Art of the Americas
Central and South America
This collection provides an important representation for the art from south of the U.S. border within the museum’s encyclopedic collection. From Mexico, it includes carved animals from Oaxaca, ceramics from the Mata Ortiz region, and the distinctive yarn paintings from the Huichol. Additionally, the collection includes ceramics from the Shipibo-Conibo people in Peru and baskets from the Wounan in Panama.
The Marks Collection of Mexican Folk Art makes it possible for the museum to maintain permanent exhibition of a diverse body of masks made as part of the native customs and used within ritual dances. These masks can be found on the First Level and in the Classroom.