Date: Oct. 29th, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Laura Baumgartner, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Mexico State University Library announces Folklife Festival Exhibition
The New Mexico State University Library is pleased to announce a selected portion of the “Lore of the Archives: Dr. Andrew Wiget and The New Mexico Folklife Festival” print collection will be available for public viewing. The exhibition in the 4th Floor of the Branson Library in the Milton Gallery will feature approximately 20-25 images from the Dr. Andrew Wigat collection, which is renowned for showcasing the colorful diversity of New Mexico Folkways and Folklife.
Dr. Andrew Wiget was a former professor of English and Director of the NMSU’s New Mexico Heritage Center. He defined “Folklife” as the skills, crafts, and forms of knowledge/customs learned orally or by imitation.
The selected images highlight scenes from the 1993 New Mexico Folklife Festival, a major four-day cultural and educational event held in Las Cruces’ Young Park. The Festival attracted over 30,000 visitors, 105 artisans and presenters, and several horses. It was extensively recorded in photographs, and is now part of the NMSU University Archives.
The Folklife Festival acted as a ‘living museum’ where artisans and presenters provided entertainment, education through hands-on projects and presentations, and indigenous food offerings. The prints give a sense of the lively and colorful diversity of folklife traditions alive in New Mexico.
The exhibition is in conjunction with New Mexico’s celebration of Archives. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has proclaimed October 2014 “American Archives Month” throughout the state of New Mexico.
The selection of the Dr. Wiget collection will be displayed in the 4th Floor Milton Gallery in Branson Library until February 15, 2015.