This is a collection of field work and related content filmed by Tom McCarthy while he was Director of the Videography program at the Museum of New Mexico. Projects range from 1981 to 2010, and include :
• La Musica de los Viejitos (Northern New Mexico music),
• Vivan las Fiestas (Santa Fe Fiesta history and tradition),
• Carpinteros and Cabinetmakers (New Mexico furniture),
• Any Woman Worth her Salt (traditional New Mexico quilters),
• Behind the Mask in Mexico (extensive fieldwork related to the roles of masks and maskmakers in traditional celebrations in Mexico with emphasis on Day of the Dead, Holy Week, and Cinco de Mayo)
• 9 Hispanic Artists (New Mexico traditions including architecture, furniture making, ironwork, colcha embroidery, bulto carving, tinwork, straw applique, weaving, and adobe brickmaking)
• Turkish Traditional Art Today (fieldwork in Turkey included markets, work with madder root, pottery making, shadow puppet work, rug making and repair, and more)
• Art of the Santera (four New Mexico women who create traditional images of saints)
• Recycled, Re-Seen (extensive fieldwork on artists creating work from recycled materials in Ecuador, Trinidad, Senegal, Mexico, and the United States)
• Lloyd Cotsen and the Neutrogena Collection
• Mandala and At Home Away from Home (Tibetan sand mandalas; the role of arts in the lives of Tibetan refugees/exiles)
• With a Saddle and a Song (cowboy arts)
• Sin Nombre (the work of New Deal artists in New Mexico)
• Majolica (including fieldwork in Mexico with Gorky Gonzales and others)
• Basketweaving (including a multi-day symposium)
Interviews, performances, and tours related to traditional Hispanic and Native American artists such as Cleofes Vigil, Helen Cordero, Eremita Campos, Luis Blanco, Irene Aguilar, Larry Littlebird, and Jose Rey Toledo also form part of this collection.
Date1981 – 2010 Bulk date(s)
April 2017 Date(s) of record-keeping activity
Extent13 full-size boxes and 3 laser disc boxes
Administrative/Biographical HistoryAward-winning documentary creator Tom McCarthy grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and attended Aquinas College. After serving in the Marine Corps, he went to work at KGED-TV in San Francisco, where he became cameraman for a science program that took him all over the world. In 1970, McCarthy and his family moved to New Mexico, where he worked at the Armory for the Arts in Santa Fe and KNME-TV in Albuquerque. From there he moved to his longtime position heading the video department for the Museum of New Mexico.
McCarthy’s film Cowboy Heaven won a regional Emmy Award in 1975, while Remembering Edward Weston won four awards, including the Muse Award from the American Association of Museums, and Navajo Code Talkers won third place at the Aspen Film Festival.
Scope and ContentThe collection consists of 302 recorded media including U-matic tapes, Hi8 tapes, Betacam tapes, VHS tapes, mini-DV tapes, 1 inch mastering reels, and laser discs.
Contents ListA detailed spreadsheet of all tapes, showing medium, project, and content of most labels, is available upon request
Box 1: Tapes related to Alexander Girard, Carpinteros and Cabinetmakers, La Musica de los Viejitos, Vivan las Fiestas!, Morris Miniature Circus, and Any Woman Worth Her Salt.
Box 2: Tapes related to Any Woman Worth Her Salt, Close to Nature, Take it Away, Cleofes Vigil, and Morris Miniature Circus.
Box 3: Tapes related to Behind the Mask in Mexico.
Box 4: Tapes related to Behind the Mask in Mexico.
Box 5: Tapes related to Behind the Mask in Mexico and 9 Hispanic Artists.
Box 6: Tapes related to 9 Hispanic Artists and Turkish Traditional Art Today.
Box 7: Tapes related to Helen Cordero, Under the Sun, and Art of the Santera, and one that may be related to Folk Art from Brazil’s Northeast.
Box 8: Tapes related to Art of the Santera, Tony Garcia, Bob Mann, Casa San Ysidro, Recycled, Re-Seen, and a Teacher’s Institue.
Box 9: Tapes related to Recycled, Re-Seen.
Box 10: Tapes related to Recycled, Re-Seen.
Box 11: Tapes related to Recycled, Re-Seen, Swedish Folk Art exhibit, Eremita Campos, Lloyd Cotsen and the Neutrogena Collection, Mandala project, and Jose Ramon Lopez.
Box 12: Tapes related to At Home Away from Home, the Van of Enchantment, Weaving in the Margins, With a Saddle and a Song, Casa Colonial, Sin Nombre, Curiouser & Curiouser, Majolica, Lloyd Cotsen and the Neutrogena Collection, the Girard Tour (including Tadeusz Kacalak), Luis Blanco, Irene Aguilar, Basketweaving, Behind the Mask in Mexico and 9 Hispanic Artists.
Box 13: Laser discs related to Recycled, Re-Seen.
Box 14: Laser discs related to Lloyd Cotsen and the Neutrogena Collection, Mandala project, and one marked simply “MOIFA June 89.”
Box 15: Apparently unused laser discs.
Box 16: Tapes related to Larry Littlebird, Jose Rey Toledo, and Basketweaving.
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Contact the Bartlett Library and Archives at the Museum of International Folk Art (505-476-1210) for further information.
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