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September 06, 2002 - Image 130

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-09-06

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SOUL OF A PEOPLE from page 129

joy to look at, or it fin-
ishes a collection, or
shows something [spe-
cial], like the creativity of
a particular artist."
They also recommend
finding a good dealer
who can teach prospec-
tive collectors about the
Though the Margolins
have traveled to Mexico
only one time, they credit
dealers in Florida,
Chicago and California
for teaching them about
the art.
"They helped us devel-
op our eyes," Michael
The Margolins recog-
nize two trends in
Mexican folk art today:
There are those who con-
tinue to work closely and
imitatively in traditional
images and those new
artists who create exciting
new forms employing tra-
ditional techniques.
The Aguilar family of
Mexico, famous for mak- Linda and Michael Margolin in their living room,
ing clay figures for four
surrounded by the Mexican folk art they've collected
generations, represents
for 30 years.
both trends, Linda says.
Demetrio Aguilar, a
member of the younger generation
importance of the faith of the people
who believe it," she says.
who has traveled and seen art around
the world, produces images "light
As Humanistic Jews, Michael adds,
years" away from those made by his
he and his wife tend to be open to the
influences of many cultures.
mother, Josefina, who has never left
"One thing I seek to achieve
her home in Oaxaca, Mexico.
through collecting and showing is an
Though the son's images have
awareness and an understanding of
changed, Linda adds, he still handles
the clay and bakes it like his parents
things that make people different and
wonderful," he says.
and grandparents.
"It's been a long journey for me,
understanding the world and finding
Collecting: A Journey
my own place in it," Michael con- -
cludes. "And collecting is part of that
"Collecting is about sensitivity to cul-
fabric and discovery."
ture — your own as well as others —
whether you're collecting Native
American, Mexican or Jewish art,"
"Mexican Folk Art: The Margolin
Linda says.
Collection" runs Sept 12-Oct. 25
Although you have to learn about
at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery,
the belief system behind the art to
on the third floor of the
understand much of it, "that doesn't
Mardigian Library, on the
mean you have to believe in it," she
University of Michigan-Dearborn
campus, 4901 Evergreen Road. A
She feels that, for a Jew, buying folk
public reception to open the
art with religious overtones is no dif-
exhibition will be held 5:30-8
ferent from buying German expres-
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.
sionist art.
Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
"Some people assume that buying
Monday-Friday. Admission is
religious imagery infringes on our
free. (313) 593-3592.
Jewish identity, when it has nothing to
do with it. The art reaffirms the



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