In Conversation: Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg with Jim Bassler
at the Biscailuz Gallery, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
December 17, 2017
The exhibition on view is “Borders and Neighbors: Craft Connectivity Between the U.S. and Mexico,” presented by Craft in America.
Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg is a textile scholar and curator at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Mexico. He is also a botanist and anthropologist, the Director of the Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca, and an important advocate of the advancement of arts and culture in the city of Oaxaca.
Jim Bassler, weaver and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Design and Media Arts, UCLA, incorporates techniques from Navajo, pre-Columbian, Andean, and Mexican textile traditions into his ongoing artistic process.
“Ortegocactus Macdougallii” photo courtesy of Michael Wolf, CC BY-SA 3.0
“Graptopetalum Macdougallii” photo courtesy of Dianakc, CC BY-SA 3.0
“Tillandsia Macdougallii” photo courtesy of Timm Stolten, CC BY-SA 3.0
“Habsburgs allgegenwärtiges Zeichen” image courtesy of Austria Tabak GmbH
“Galería de los Danzantes” photo courtesy of El Comandante, CC BY-SA 3.0
“One of the danzantes” photo courtesy of João Sousa, CC BY-SA 3.0
“Photo taken in the Dancers Yard” photo courtesy of Gengiskanhg, CC BY-SA 3.0
“Female cochineal insect” photo courtesy of Vahe Martirosyan, CC BY-SA 3.0
“Breeding cochineals on nopal cacti” photo courtesy of Oscar Carrizosa, CC BY-SA 3.0
“Crushed cochineal” photo courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw, CC BY 3.0