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August 23, 2011

Giant Puppets on Parade

Local artists collaborate with Burke Museum for upcoming ¡Carnaval! exhibit
September 25, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Seattle – Full-sized Carnival parade puppets march to the Burke Museum for a new Fall exhibit, ¡Carnaval! Local artist Kiki Corona is creating two nearly 15-foot-tall Olinda-style puppets as part of a collaboration with the museum.

These works echo similar puppets used traditionally in the Parade of Giant Puppets, one of the most anticipated festivities during the Olinda, Brazil Carnival. Although giant, the puppets can be easily maneuvered through the packed, steep streets of Olinda. The puppets are carried on men’s shoulders and can spin, dance, and even bow to throngs of onlookers.

The ¡Carnaval! exhibit tells the story of eight Carnival celebrations from around the world through the voices of the people who plan, create, and carry out the festivities each year. The exhibition is a full sensory exploration with visual, audio, and interactive experiences. Along with the giant puppets, ¡Carnaval! includes:

  • Over 50 items of international folk art
  • 30 photographs
  • Hands-on interactives
  • Five video features


Local sponsors are: 4Culture, Boeing, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, National Endowment for the Humanities, Simpson Center for the Humanities, and Wells Fargo.  Media sponsor is: KUOW 94.9 Puget Sound Public Radio.

The exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to you by Mid-America Arts Alliance. ¡Carnaval! was organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


High-resolution images are available, contact burkepr@u.washington.edu


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