March 2, 2013, 5 to 9 PM
March 30, 2013, 6 to 9 PM
appearance by Flag Boy Twin of the Shining Star Hunters Mardi
Gras Indian tribe, March 30, from 7 to 8pm.
two artists, one a contemporary artist and one a folk artist,
are originally from New Orleans. Both use beads and other
ornamentation in their work.
Chance: Andréa Caillouet and Flag Boy Twin at The Epitome
by Scott Andrews, San Antonio Current, 29 March 2013
Years (Pretty Bird), 2010 – 2011
Assemblage of costume jewelry, hand mirror, gold leaf, found
works in this exhibition were created by altering and reassembling
items from the artist's late grandmother's extensive collection
of costume jewelry and knitted afghans. Through this work
the artist is exploring the relationship between people and
their belongings and calling into question the dichotomies
of desire and possession, selfishness and generosity, having
Boy Twin of the Shining Star Hunters in his 2010 suit
Photo: Gene Vandiver
Mardi Gras Indian tradition is an African American tradtion
from New Orleans, Lousiana that is over 100 years old. Each
Mardi Gras Indian makes an elaborate beaded and feathered
suit to wear on Mardi Gras day and in a parade in March called
Super Sunday. A new suit must be made each year, which requries
countless hours of sewing, hence the Mardi Gras Indian chant,
"everybody gotta sew, sew, sew." The Mardi Gras
Indians "mask," as they call the wearing of their
suits, to honor the native Americans who sheltered their ancestors.
to Hurricane Katrina, the tradition was not well known outside
of New Orleans. Because so many Mardi Gras Indians moved away
from New Orleans in the aftermath of the hurricane, it was
feared that the tradition might not continue. It has survived
in all its glory.
children to seniors, everybody can enjoy seeing the artistry
involved in this handsewn suit and learning about the rich,
century-old tradition beind it.
us on March 2, 2013, from 7 to 8 pm for this rare opportunity
to see Flag Boy Twin of the Shining Star Hunters show off
the suit he made for 2013.
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