History

 

History of LADAP

Los Amigos del Arte Popular was formed in Southern California in 1996 by a small group of close friends with club activities centering around weekend social events.  They visited the homes of various collectors and usually had a tianguis or swap meet.   Over the years, we have grown in numbers and purpose.

In 2001, a similar group formed in Houston, Texas with the name Mexican Folk Art Society of Houston.  It was almost a year before the two groups found each other and began communicating.  The founders in Houston joined the California group and attended a rendezvous in Tucson, Arizona.  It wasn’t long before the two groups discussed merging and forming a national, non-profit organization and in 2003, the merger was accomplished.

Our interests are broad: Some of us collect 19th century museum pieces, others tourist pottery, straw mosaics, wooden bas reliefs, talavera, serapes, feather paintings, masks, and lacquer ware – our passions are eccentric and eclectic.  Some of us do not collect but consider ourselves enthusiastic aficionados.  We are united in our belief that the creative genius of the indigenous people of Mexico melded with the Spanish traditions to produce some of the finest folk art in the world.

 

Van Deren Coke Annual Achievement Award

A passionate photographer, Van Deren Coke began to make serious photographic images in 1936. He had his first gallery showing at the University of Kentucky in 1940. During the early 1950′s he studied with Ansel Adams and thereafter his works were shown in venues throughout the world.

Los Amigos del Arte Popular held its Fall meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico October 1-3, 2004. Forty-six members from Pennsylvania through California attended. One of the most important purposes of the meeting was to make the inaugural presentation of the Van Deren Coke Annual Achievement Award.

Van Deren Coke an early member of Los Amigos died July 11, 2004 at the age of 83. A native of Lexington, Kentucky he was a legendary figure in American photography, an accomplished sculptor, noted art historian, college professor, museum curator and director, and pioneer collector of Mexican Folk Art.

Born July 4, 1921, Van Deren Coke began his art education when he entered the University of Kentucky in 1939. He served in the Navy during WWII, from 1942-45. Later he continued his art education when he was awarded a Masters of Art in Art History and a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture at Indiana University. A short time thereafter, he got his first professorial position as assistant professor of art history and photography at the University of Florida.

From 1962 – 1970 Mr. Coke moved to New Mexico to become the founding director of the University Art Museum at the University of New Mexico and Chairman of the University’s Department of Art and Art History. He left that position to become the Director of the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. In 1979 he left that position to become curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Art until his retirement in 1987. During his career, he authored several books on the New Mexican painting and his scholarship as an art historian earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975 and a Fulbright Scholarship in 1989.

Van was an early collector of Mexican folk art. He began making trips to Mexico in the 1950′s searching out folk artists and buying their works. He had a wealth of knowledge about Mexican folk art and brought an art critics eye to collecting. In the months preceding Van’s passing, the Los Amigos Board considered instituting an annual achievement award to recognize those who have made an outstanding effort over a prolonged period to advance the knowledge of Mexican and Latin American folk art. Upon his demise his widow, Joan, granted Los Amigos permission to name its award the van Deren Coke Annual Achievement Award.

By Dan McCauley

 

2016 Van Deren Coke Award — Marianne Carlson

In 2004, Los Amigos del Arte Popular inaugurated the Van Deren Coke Memorial Achievement Award to recognize outstanding contributions to the preservation of, recognition of, and education about the folk arts of Mexico. This year’s Van Deren Memorial Achievement Award’s … Continue reading

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2014 Van Deren Coke Award — Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn

Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn has been named the 2014 recipient of the Van Deren Coke Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Nunn by Los Amigos President Bill Roe at the annual Van Deren Coke Awards dinner during our upcoming Albuquerque Rendezvous. … Continue reading

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2013 Van Deren Coke Achievement Award Recipient — RICHARD PERRY

Coke Award for 2013 to Richard Perry

2013 Van Deren Coke Achievement Award received by Richard Perry. A Mexican art historian, artist and author of books on Mexican colonial arts, Perry was recognized for his significant and lifelong scholarly achievements. Continue reading

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2012 – Van Deren Coke Achievement Award – Dr. Barbara Mauldin

We are proud to announce that this year our recipient is Dr. Barbara Mauldin of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Mauldin is a native Californian who began to appreciate Mexican folk art as a young girl when her family made annual trips to Tijuana to shop in the mercados. Later as a student at UC Santa Barbara she was drawn to the Art History department and received a BA in 1971 with a focus in the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Continue reading

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2011 – Van Deren Coke Achievement Award – Dr. Ilona Katzew

The 2011 recipient of our VDC Achievement Award is Dr. Ilona Katzew, Curator and Co-Department Head of Latin American Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). “My interest in Latin American art stems from my having grown … Continue reading

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2010 – Van Deren Coke Achievement Award – Dr. Marion Oettinger, Jr.

Dr. Marion Oettinger, Jr. is the Kelso Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art. He is a cultural anthropologist specializing in Latin America. For the last 25 years, Marion has been with the Museum and serves as curator of the Latin American Art collection. Between 1996 and 1998, he was Project Director for the installation of the Museum’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, the most comprehensive treatment of Latin American art in the United States with over 3,000 pieces of Mexican folk art. Continue reading

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2009 – Van Deren Coke Achievement Award – Dr. Margarita de Orellana & Dr. Alberto Ruy Sanchez

Los Amigos del Arte Popular is proud to present the 2009 VDC Achievement Award to Dr. Margarita de Orellana & Dr. Alberto Ruy Sanchez on their 20th anniversary publishing Artes de Mexico. When a married couple of many years speak … Continue reading

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2008 – Van Deren Coke Achievement Award – Dr. Marcus B. Burke

Dr. Burke has a rich educational background. His preparation includes an undergraduate degree in English from Princeton, an M.T.S. in church history from Harvard and an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the New York University Institute of Fine … Continue reading

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2007 – Van Deren Coke Achievement Award – Dr. Clara Bargellini de Cione

Los Amigos is proud to present the 2007 Van Deren Coke Achievement Award to Dr. Clara Bargellini. The presentation was made in the courtyard of the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City and followed by dinner at the Hotel DeCortez … Continue reading

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2006 – Van Deren Coke Achievement Award – Dr. Janet Brody Esser

Author, professor emeritus, curator and scholar Janet Brody Esser has been awarded the Van Deren Coke Achievement Award for 2006 by Los Amigos del Arte Popular. LADAP gives this prestigious award annually to the person it feels has made an … Continue reading

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