Exhibition: Made in the Americas The New World Discovers Asia

August 18, 2015February 15, 2016
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Made in the Americas is the first large-scale, Pan-American exhibition to examine the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas.

Featuring nearly 100 of the most extraordinary objects produced in the colonies, this exhibition explores the rich, complex story of how craftsmen throughout the hemisphere adapted Asian styles in a range of materials—from furniture to silver-work, textiles, ceramics, and painting.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has recently acquired a rare and important desk and bookcase (mid-18th century, Mexico) from the Ann and Gordon Getty Collection. Originally made in Puebla de los Ángeles, this work is a remarkable piece of furniture that displays influences from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

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Desk and bookcase mid 18th century Inlaid woods and incised and painted bone, maque, gold and polychrome paint, metal hardware *Ann and Gordon Getty Collection *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

More information about the exhibition are available here.

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