Higinio Gonzales, b. 1842, Tin frame with mirror, c. 1885, Punched tin, glass, Gift of Ward Alan Minge and Shirley Jolly Minge, PC1991.51.27
The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales: A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico
Dec 19, 2015 to Apr 4, 2016
After more than a century of obscurity, art historian and tinsmith Maurice Dixon discovers that a New Mexican artisan, formerly known only as the Valencia Red and Green Tinsmith, is actually Higinio V. Gonzales, a prolific and bilingual 19th-century educator, artisan, poet, and musician. This exhibition traces the life of Gonzales and, for the very first time, explores his influence on music, poetry, and the arts in New Mexico.