Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
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June 11, 2002


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Mario Martin del Campo, "Biperro Mandolina", 1992
Victor Vasarely, "Quadrature", 1979
Flor de mar
Yvonne Domenge, "Sea Flower", 1995
Silver bull
Juan Soriano, "Bull", 1991
Torre de plata
Luis Barragan, "Silver Tower",

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University will present “De Agua y de Luna: Silver Sculptures From Mexico,” June 30 - August 25, 2002.

The exhibition features nearly 50 silver sculptures, as well as an elaborate silver table service and other decorative objects, from the collection of Tane Orfebres of Mexico, a silversmith company founded in 1942. In the early 1970s, Tane Orfebres established the goal of creating a unique collection of works in silver by internationally renowned artists. Over the past 30 years, it has commissioned sculptures from leading painters, architects, designers and sculptors in Mexico and abroad, including Luis Barragán, Herbert Bayer, Leonora Carrington, Carlos Mérida, Edgar Negret, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Juan Soriano, Francisco Toledo and Victor Vasarely. The collection also features works by Tane Orfebres designers.

The sculptures represent a wide variety of approaches, traditions and themes, from the refined simplicity of famed architect Luis Barragán’s rectangular prism, Silver Tower, to Juan Soriano’s naturalistic Horse. A very different approach is taken by the Chilean artist Roberto Matta, whose Dedalófono is a whimsical, cartoon-like creation that juxtaposes cut-outs of an automobile, animals and human figures. It seems more a sketch than a sculpture. In an entirely different, much more sculptural vein, Waldemar Sjolander’s Eva is an elegantly abstracted figure that evokes elemental forms such as Cycladic idols; it manages to be modern and atavistic at the same time.

Although most of the artists have chosen to exploit silver’s polished and reflective surfaces, others make the viewer aware of the metal’s textural possibilities. For example, Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Esfera contrasts the smooth perfection of a gleaming surface with a jagged oxidized crevice, and English Surrealist Leonora Carrington’s Mask is hammered to give the metal a matte finish, deliberately avoiding any reflection. Collectively, the artists’ work is a tribute to the beauty of silver, a material whose allure is both ancient and timeless.

This exhibition has been made possible by The Meadows Foundation, The Department of Visual Arts and Exhibitions of the Mexican Government, and Tane Orfebres. All text in the exhibition will be in both English and Spanish.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will offer two public programs in August. A Family Day will be held Sunday, August 4 from 1-4 p.m., featuring demonstrations by local silversmith Ellen Niewyk, tours of the exhibition, a performance by the Cara Mia Theater, a make-and-take sculpture activity and storytelling. In addition, the museum gift shop will offer a trunk show of silver jewelry designed by Paul Russell and handcrafted by the legendary artisans of Taxco, Mexico. On Friday, August 16 at 12:15 p.m., Museum Curator Mark A. Roglán will give a gallery talk titled “The Legacy of Tane,” highlighting a variety of works in the exhibition and reviewing the company’s international influence in promoting contemporary silver sculpture.

Admission to the Meadows Museum is free. However, there is a separate charge for the silver exhibition of $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 60 and older and $3 for children 3-12. Museum members receive free admission to all special exhibitions. The Meadows Museum is located at 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Museum hours are 10-5 Mon., Tues., Fri. and Sat.; 10-8 Thurs; and 1-5 Sun. The museum is closed Wednesdays and holidays. Parking is available in the museum’s underground garage. For more information, please call the Meadows Museum at 214-768-2516, or visit the museum web site at