TREE OF LIFE / EL ARBOL DE LA VIDA
22 February - 31 May 2014
Exhibition featured nearly twenty Mexican trees of life, a film screening of "Pottery of Mexico Vol II: Trees of Life, Izúcar de Matamoros, Acatlán, Metepec", and an interactive room of a life-size papier-mache tree of life.
The Tree of Life is an ancient symbol used to depict the origin and evolution of life in virtually all cultures and religions around the world. For several thousand years the spreading branches of the Tree have been used to teach each culture’s beliefs about immortality, fertility, and in the Biblical origin story, the turning point in man’s history. In Mexico, the Tree of Life can be traced at least as far back as the Mayan culture. In particular, the Tree of Life that grew in Paradise, where Adam and Eve would be tested, is the one Bible verse that first appeared on Mexican folk art trees of life. And to this day, it continues to be a popular image on modern trees.