AR.00006.4 Villanueva Tapestry Program

Series, MOIFA.AR.00006.4
Part of: AR.00006 MOIFA Programs > AR.00006.4 Villanueva Tapestry Program
In the early 1970’s the Museum presented a series of textile workshops in Northern New Mexico. Embroiderers from Villanueva participated, and their work was displayed in the Museum. After the workshops concluded some of the women from Villanueva began to think about how their community, an old Spanish community annexed by the United States, could participate in the country’s bicentennial. They formed a non-profit corporation, the Villanueva Tapestry Corporation, with an eye toward creating a series of needlework (embroidered) panels for their church, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The panels would tell the history of the town. Carmen B de Orrego Salas, who had taught in the textile workshops, became involved and contacted Museum Director Yvonne Lange. Lange obtained a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for production of the panels, and a subsequent grant from the New Mexico Arts Commission to cover expenses of preparing the panels for hanging. Thirty-six women from Villanueva participated in the work. They designed their panels themselves with assistance from other members of their community, and they did all the stitchery. A local carpenter created a cactus border for the frames. The works were dedicated on July 24, 1976. Embroiderers: Isadora Madrid de Flores, Margaret Gonzales de Sena, Dolores Torres Garcia, Monica Sena, Catherine Sena, Elis Bustos de Torrez, Vivian Saiz de Sena, Anna lee Gallegos, Karla Lucero y Gallegos de Cooke, Mary E Bustamante, Antonia Garcia de Sena, Sadie Chavez Lucero, Rosave Martinez de Lucero, Josephine Madrid Gallegos, Stella Romero de Madrid, Delfina G Gallegos, Conrada Chavez de Leyba, Palmyra Vigil, Emelinda Ortiz de Gonzales, Mela Gonzales de Mondragon, Cippy Gallegos de Gutierrez, Lucilla Lopez, Gregoria Lopez, Josephine Lucero de Sena, Caren Vigil Villanueva, Elisea Garcia y Garcia, Fidelia Gallegos, Theresa Sena, Ptrita Sena Villanueva, Josie Leyba de Chavez, Filomena Medina de Gonzales, Ella Sena de Gonzales, Lilly Encinias, Isabel Chavez de Chavez, Priscilla Gonzales Chavez, Rosabel Garcia de Gallegos, Contributors: Yvonne Lange, Director; Villanueva Tapestry Corporation; Carmen B de Orrego Salas, Project Leader; Helen Thompson, Project Coordinator; Rosa Lopez, Local Coordinator; Fred Vigil, Interviewer; Chester Maydole, Photographer; Art Taylor, Photographer; Jacqueline Enthoven, Photographer, Donor.
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Date
1974 – 1979 Bulk date(s)
January 1993 Date(s) of record-keeping activity
March 2017 Date(s) of record-keeping activity
Extent
3 document boxes, 1 tape box
Scope and Content
The collection consists of information about the origins of the project, details about materials and construction, publicity including many newspaper and magazine articles, photographs of the panels and their creators, and recorded interviews with the women of the Villanueva Tapestry Project.
Contents List
Box 1, Folder 1: Articles related to the project, list of embroiderers, grant information, instructions for various stitches Box 1, Folder 2: Articles and press releases Box 1, Folder 3: handout, bibliography, articles, grant information Box 1, Folder 4: Field notes and transcripts for interviews of July, 1976. Box 1, Folder 5: Field notes and transcripts for interviews of July, 1976. Box 1, Folder 6: List of embroiderers, guide to related slides in Museum slide collection. Box 1, Folder 7: List of names and phone numbers, program for dedication, Fiesta schedule, sample of cloth donated for use, 1979 newsletter with article on one of the embroiderers. Box 1, Folder 8: Duplicate slide lists. Box 1, Folder 9: Master copy field notes and transcripts for Tapestries 1-12. Box 1, Folder 10: Master copy field notes and transcripts for Tapestries 13-23. Box 1, Folder 11: Master copy field notes and transcripts for Tapestries 24-36. Box 1, Folder 12: Master copy field notes and transcripts for Tapestries 37-41. Box 1, Folder 13: Duplicate field notes and transcripts for Tapestries 1-12. Box 1, Folder 14: Duplicate field notes and transcripts for Tapestries 13-23. Box 1, Folder 15: Duplicate field notes and transcripts for Tapestries 24-36. Box 1, Folder 16: Duplicate field notes and transcripts for Tapestries 37-41. Box 1, Folder 17: Tape logs Box 1, Folder 18: Material duplicated from administrative grant files: grant applications, Yvonne Lange’s notes for her speech at the dedication, copy of incorporation papers for Villanueva Tapestry Corporation, correspondence. Box 2: [folders not numbered] 30 folders with 8 ½ x 11 black and white prints of panels 1-29. Box 3: [folders not numbered] 12 folders with 8 ½ x 11 black and white prints of panels 30-41; 1 folder with 8 ½ x 11 black and white prints of church and surroundings; 1 folder of “miscellaneous photos” showing designs for panels, church, etc from various sources; 1 folder of 8 ½ x 11 black and white prints of photos for newspapers; 1 folder of 8 ½ x 11 black and white prints of installation; 1 folder of 8 ½ x 11 black and white prints of dedication; contact sheets and negatives; color slides of embroidered panels. Box 4: 2 original reel tapes; 2 sets of cassette tape copies (4 in each set) of interviews)
Conditions Governing Access
Contact the Bartlett Library and Archives at the Museum of International Folk Art (505-476-1210) for further information.
Citation
Museum of International Folk Art Archives (Villanueva Tapestry Project, AR.00006.4)
LOC Terms
Folk art--New Mexico [info:lc/authorities/subjects/sh2009124438], Folk artists [info:lc/authorities/subjects/sh86001995], Embroidery [info:lc/authorities/subjects/sh85042701], Arts and religion [info:lc/authorities/subjects/sh85008475]
Geographic names
Villanueva
Related people
Museum of International Folk Art (is creator of); Museum of International Folk Art (owns)