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Empowering Women Opening Programs

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Sat., June 15, 2013 | 11 am – 3 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

On June 15, the Burke celebrates the opening of Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities with a look at art from Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca. Talks include: 

  • 11 am and 2 pm, Eric Mindling, the founder of Traditions Mexico: Eric will speak about the Burke Museum’s Hart Collection of Oaxacan pottery and the predominantly female potters who created it. When he first saw the collection, he was, “… blown away. The collection is one of a kind. I'd wager there is not another like it.” The talk will be richly illustrated with slides of his over twenty years of touring Oaxaca, and will provide the opportunity to view pottery from the Hart collection that is not normally on display. 
  • 12:30 pm, Pastora Gutierrez, the founder of Vida Nueva, a women's weaving cooperative in the Zapotec community of Teotitlan del Valle: Pastora will discuss the formation of Vida Nueva and the challenges that woman weavers face as they break into a prestigious profession traditionally dominated by men. A weaving by Pastora will be on display during the run of Empowering Women.

Please note: Saturday, 6/15 is UW Commencement. Additional special event parking feess may apply. Please stop at the parking gate located in front of the museum at the 17th AVE NE entrance, and let them know you would like to visit the Burke Museum. Skip fees and take the bus! Alternative transportation info available here.

About the speakers:

Eric Mindling, the founder of Traditions Mexico, has lived in Southern Mexico and worked closely with hundreds of rural artisans since 1992 when he landed a job, fresh out of college, as a pottery buying agent for Jackalope Pottery in New Mexico. Through years of travelling down remote roads to small villages in search of yet another lost pottery village, Eric has opened the door to the world of Mexico's rural artisans and broadened our understanding of this diverse and ancient country.

Pastora Gutierrez is the founder of Vida Nueva, a women's weaving cooperative in the Zapotec community of Teotitlan del Valle in Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca. This traditional indigenous community is known worldwide for its long line of weavers. Until only 50 years ago, all of the weaving was done by men, but today cooperatives like Vida Nueva are helping women break into this prestigious profession.  A weaving by Pastora will be on display during the run of Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities.

Women from the Vida Nueva cooperative.