Free Lecture with Porfirio Gutierrez
Porfirio Gutierrez is an extraordinary weaver who combines ancient Zapotec traditions with a modern sensibility. His work expresses a deep symbolism of color in the Zapotec worldview, color as an outcome of a deeply spiritual relationship with nature. His work serves as a living memory and map of an inimitable moment in history and the climate of that time.
Growing up in Teotitlan del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico, he was immersed in the ancient art of weaving. Using natural dyes and employing traditional designs, he and his family, it can be said, are making certain that the artistic and spiritual values of his ancestors continue to be known and admired around the world. Porfirio was selected by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian to participate in a program documenting the role of indigenous culture in the arts.