TMA Celebration of Life and Death Release


The Tyler Museum of Art continues its commitment to showcasing the region’s diversity with Celebration of Life and Death: Selections from the Boeckman Collection of Mexican Folk Art, continuing through January 19, 2014 at the TMA.

This exhibition, open to the public with free admission, features more than 75 pieces drawn from a large collection donated to the Museum by Laura and Dan Boeckman of Dallas, and representing “some of the finest examples of traditional Mexican art ever to be seen in East Texas,” TMA Interpretation Manager Derek Frazier said.

Artwork selections for Celebration of Life and Death represent 17 states of Mexico, from the deserts of Sonora to the rainforests of Chiapas, highlighting the ingenious use of everyday materials from which artists and artisans create memorable works of art that celebrate both the vibrancy of life and reverence for the deceased that pervades many Mexican cultures. The exhibition includes humorous scenes designed for Day of the Dead celebrations and ornately carved nativity sets, as well as toys, ceramics and textiles used every day by rural citizens of Mexico.

Collectors’ Circle-Gold sponsors for the exhibition are Mrs. Harold B. Cameron, and Betty and Dick Summers.

The TMA, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, 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 most major holidays. The TMA is supported by its Members and Tyler Junior College. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit