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Title The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz
Published Scott Petersen, 2011
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (73 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary The Emmy-winning story of how an American adventurer and a brilliant, self-taught Mexican artist transformed a dying desert village into a home for world-class art. When anthropologist Spencer MacCallum walked into a second-hand store in Deming, New Mexico, in 1976 and bought three pieces of pottery, he had no idea that he was about to embark on a journey that would lead to the revival of an ancient art form. Finding his way to Mata Ortiz, Mexico, MacCallum partnered with self-taught artist Juan Quezada and slowly they created an industry that today is known world-wide not only for its interpretations of a centuries-old style of ceramics, but for stunning post-modern works as well. ..The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz tells the improbable story of how Quezada (without a kiln or a potter's wheel and using only found materials) and MacCallum both experienced creative and personal breakthroughs which led to dazzling, innovating works by Quezada and a passing of the torch to younger, award-winning artists such as Diego Valles
Analysis Documentary-style films
Notes Title from title frames
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Event Originally produced by Scott Petersen in 2011
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject Latin Americans.
Genre/Form Art.
Latin American Studies
Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Scott Petersen (Firm), distributor
Kanopy (Firm), distributor