Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis of Paola
May 11, 2014 – November 2, 2014
Dorrance and Olga Roderick Gallery: Retablo Niche
Anonymous(Mexico, 19th Century) Saint Francis of Paola, 19th Century Oil on tin, 14” x 10” Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dorrance D. Roderick Collection of El Paso Museum of Art
The latest in the series of themed exhibitions from the Museum’s growing collection of retablos is Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis of Paola. The retablos of these two saints are being shown together not only because of their shared name and religious order, but also because their depiction had much in common as did their mutual concern for all living creatures.
In Mexican retablos, Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), the founder of the Franciscan order, is represented as a young man in typical Franciscan attire often in an outdoor setting. Saint Francis of Paola (1416-1507), named after Saint Francis of Assisi, was the founder of the Foundation of Hermits of Saint Francis ofAssisi. In contrast to Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis of Paola is usually shown in Mexican retablos as an older man with the hood of his robe up and a staff in one hand. Both have been frequently portrayed throughout Mexican devotional art of the 19th century, although here only three show Saint Francis of Assisi, fifteen Saint Francis of Paola. Interestingly, one retablo, 2007.5.20, presents Saint Francis of Paola in the typical manner for this saint; however in this case he is also shown holding a crucifix, one of the attributes of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Today Saint Francis of Assisi is considered the saint of environmentalism and animals. Saint Francis of Paola is known as the saint of vegans, of sailors and of young girls looking for a husband. Although the retablos in this exhibition vary in style, size, and specific details, they all illustrate the strong influence of Franciscan evangelization in New Spain.
No Subtitles Required: The Art of the International Film Poster
July 13, 2014 – August 31, 2014
Dede Rogers Special Events Gallery
Presented by the El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Community Foundation
in conjunction with the Plaza Classic Film Festival
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Italian poster designed by A. Criello 1963
Directed by Roman Polanski
British poster designed by Lemica
On the Waterfront, 1954
Directed by Elia Kazan
Italian Poster designed by Luigi Martinati 1960
Cinema exists at the intersection of art, design and commerce. In the era before tight brand and image control, movie poster design offered the opportunity to market foreign films in a more culturally familiar way, or to express artistic creativity. More than other visual art forms, movies provided the ability to present the same “artwork” to a global audience, but the way in which they were marketed varied by country and culture. Each of these posters represents artwork for a film which would have been “foreign” to the culture in which the poster was created. They provide a window into the global exportation of films and their cultural translation from one country (and continent) to another.
Created between the years 1952 and 1984, the posters in this exhibition represent works from twelve different countries and a wide range of genres: from pop musicals to Samurai films, from dramas to science fiction, even westerns. The posters reveal the range and ability of some important international artists and graphic designers, and were selected for their artistic, cultural and historical significance from the collection of Charles and Ann Horak.
Showcasing a diverse range of films from leading international directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Elia Kazan, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Roman Polanski, and Orson Welles, this exhibition is a visual expression of the worldwide popularity and portability of cinema. Although these films may have required subtitles or vocal dubbing when shown in foreign film markets, their poster designs can be appreciated on their own artistic merits, without translation.