Banjara Textiles and Jewelry from the Jerez Collection
Towards a 21st Century Abstraction
New Gifts to the SAMFA Collections
July 14 – September 11, 2022
The Jerez Collection of textiles and jewelry, handcrafted by the Banjara peoples of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, is from the collection of Sherry McDonald Stewart, Daphne S. Nallie, and Daisy S. Gill. “Banjara” is an umbrella term used by outsiders to describe multiple formerly-nomadic peoples living throughout India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, who are descended from a single group but now vary in language, in cultural norms, and in name, depending on where they live. Banjara textiles, though styles can vary from region to region, are characterized by vibrant, colorful designs, elaborate hand-embroidery, and the incorporation of mirrors, shells, and metallic thread. Also, Banjara women traditionally wore large jewelry, including ivory bangles, anklets festooned with bells, and necklaces of intricate beadwork.
Towards a 21st Century Abstraction is a group exhibit of contemporary American AbstractExpressionist painters, organized by the artists themselves. The collection is made up of seven artists working in studios across the country. Their paintings have been exhibited and collected extensively across the United States and internationally. They include: Sammy Peters, Katherine Chang Liu, David Bailin, Connie Connally, Jeri Ledbetter, Brad Ellis and Doug Trump. In a period of art that values reproducibility, speed, and spectacle, these seven artists find a common ground and belief in the unique, the contemplative, and the inventive use of their materials.
The third exhibit on display in the SAMFA galleries is a gorgeous array of new gifts to the SAMFA collections, received in the past two years. The SAMFA collections have grown exponentially in recent years, thanks in a large part to the generous gifts of collectors and donors who have sought us out. As the museum’s notoriety has grown in its primary focus areas of ceramic art, Spanish colonial art, Texas art, and American manufactured glass.
Masks not required, but recommended.
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
1 Love Street
San Angelo, TX76903
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm
Sunday, 1-4 pm
FREE to the public
and as always
Free to Families (adults with children under 18),
SAMFA Members, Military, Students & Children under 18
FMI 325.653.3333 or www.samfa.org
Photos by Sherry McDonald Stewart :
Banjara Camel Necklace
Banjara Embroidery (detail)