Opening February 16, 2013;
Through November 2014
joins many other delectably displayed depictions of foods in the
Heard’s presentation about several edibles many people might be
surprised to know are from the Americas.
The exhibit explores foods — chili, tomatoes, potatoes, peanuts, avocados, maple
syrup, corn, beans, squash — and a tiny insect, the cochineal, indigenous
to the Americas that when exported greatly affected other parts of the
world. Sixteenth-century Spanish conquistadors guarded the source of the
brilliant red dye derived from cochineal, the tiny insect that feeds on
prickly pear cactus.
Cochineal was used in historic Navajo textiles
and santos from Northern New Mexico, including La Divina Pastora (left) by Charles M. "Charlie" Carrillo (b. 1956).
Sponsored by The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation and the Arizona Humanities Council.