TMA’s Fourth Fall Lecture to Feature Marion Oettinger

Cultural Anthropologist and Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art


The Tyler Museum of Art invites the public to attend the fourth lecture in its Fall Series on Sunday, November 7, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the TMA classroom. The lecture is titled “Stalking the Folk Art of Latin America” and will be delivered by cultural anthropologist Dr. Marion Oettinger, Jr., the Kelso Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art. The lecture is being offered as a part of ongoing educational programming organized by the Tyler Museum of Art designed to increase awareness and appreciation of Mexican and Latin American folk art in the wake of a recent donation by Laura and Dan Boeckman of over 650 pieces of Mexican folk art. The lecture is free for TMA Members, $7 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors.

Dr. Oettinger has been with the San Antonio Museum of Art since 1985 and continues to serves as the Museum’s Latin American art collection curator. Between 1996 and 1998, he was Project Director for the installation of the Museum’s newly inaugurated Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, the most comprehensive treatment of Latin American art in the United States. Oettinger has lived and worked in various parts of the Latin world for over twenty-five years, conducting research in Mexico, Central and South America, Spain, and countries of the Caribbean.

“Dr. Oettinger’s talk is a timely complement to the Museum’s formal announcement of the Laura and Dan Boeckman Collection of Mexican Folk Art, which was donated to the TMA by the Boeckmans, and his talk will introduce visitors to this vibrant and culturally significant body of art,” said Ken Tomio, TMA Head of Education. “As an institution, we are committed to programming educational opportunities for members of the community who want to learn more about this significant collection, one that represents the cultural heritage of a large portion of our population.”

Additionally, Dr. Oettinger has served as Project Director and co-curator for Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits. This groundbreaking exhibition on Latin American portraiture opened in New York in 2004 and toured four other cities nationwide. He is the author of numerous books and articles and has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. His most recent books are Folk Treasures of Mexico: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection (Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2010), The Folk Art of Latin America: Visiones del Pueblo (Dutton, New York, 1992), and The Folk Art of Spain and the Americas: El Alma del Pueblo (Abbeyville, 1997). Dr. Oettinger has taught at Cornell University, Occidental College, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has been a recipient of research grants from the National Geographic Society, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. In 1979, he was awarded a senior research fellowship by the Fulbright program, and, in 1992, he received an Imagineering Award from the Mind Science Foundation.

Currently, a focus exhibition of pieces from the Laura and Dan Boeckman Collection of Mexican Folk Art is on display in the Museum lobby and the Tyler Public Library this month. The selection of works relate to the Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos) holiday, which is celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican Americans living in the United States.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is supported by its Members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler, and is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit