Cribs, creches or Nativity scenes – three dimensional representations of the infant Jesus lying in a manger with a greater or lesser number of accompanying figures – can range in size from a half walnut shell tableau to a room size assemblage.
Created at all levels of skill and complexity, in in an astonishing range of materials, they provide intriguing insights into tastes and practices associated with preparing for Christmas from all over the world and for hundreds of years.
SOPHIA ERREY is an artist, art educator and writer. She has lectured widely in the visual arts both historical and contemporary, and in her series Art, Craft, Decoration explored the area of collecting – the whys and the whats of the things we collect. Her most recent lecture at TJC was When This You See Remember Me (2021).
This lecture is presented on-site at The Johnston Collection. Please see your ticket for more information.
David Villafaiiez Xoxocatlan, Nacimiento, Oaxaca, circa 1970
wood, wire, brads, aniline dyes, acrylic paint | 33½ x 45 5/8 X 7¼ inches
Collection of the Tyler Museum of Art, Texas
Gift of Laura and Dan Boeckman Collection of Mexican and Latin American Folk Art, Dallas