Princeton University Art Museum
written by Cristina Cotumaccio
The December 1st, 2007 FOFA-sponsored trip to Princeton University’s art museum was a tremendous success! Thirty-three eager members enjoyed an informative and lively day immersed in the art and life of the renowned Oaxacan native Maestro Francisco Toledo. We were fortunate to have Graciela Kartofel who offered an intimate perspective on both the artist and the world of Latin American contemporary art. Graciela’s profound knowledge and engaging nature brought to life many of the unique aspects of Toledo’s work, and provided a useful framework from which to analyze and appreciate the underlying themes of his art as she toured us through the gallery. After a tasty Latino lunch, the group enjoyed a video presentation that offered even deeper insight into the artist, his life and work, as it included an interview of Toledo himself, whose humble presence and compelling dialogue had a powerful effect.
On the return trip to Manhattan, we had the opportunity to view a recent documentary about the teacher protests and popular uprising which occurred in Oaxaca during 2006, “Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad,” a moving story that reinforced the purpose that unites FOFA‘s members.
In all, the Toledo/Princeton trip was an extremely rewarding and instructive experience with a group of energetic participants whose varied backgrounds made it all the more interesting! Thanks go to Kate Mellina for her impeccable attention in organizing every aspect of this trip.