Object Timeline

1953

  • Work on this object began.

1959

  • We acquired this object.

  • Work on this object ended.

2015

2021

2022

Cut Paper, Bruho

This is a Cut paper. It is dated ca. 1958 and we acquired it in 1959. Its medium is cut paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

The Mexican art of papel picado emerged from Pre-Columbian, Asian, and European traditions of cutting patterns into paper. A chisel is used to hand-cut forms into multiple layers of tissue paper producing a series of identical images that unfold into message-bearing banners for holidays and celebrations.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 34 × 22.2 cm (13 3/8 × 8 3/4 in.) Mount: 42.1 × 32.1 cm (16 9/16 × 12 5/8 in.) Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.)

It has the following markings

Inscribed in pen and ink, lower right: Puerta del Monte

Cite this object as

Cut Paper, Bruho; Mexico; cut paper; H x W: 34 × 22.2 cm (13 3/8 × 8 3/4 in.) Mount: 42.1 × 32.1 cm (16 9/16 × 12 5/8 in.) Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.); 1959-126-5

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Duro Olowu Selects.

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