Kuna Mola: Maintaining Tradition Amid Change

December 13, 2011 – February 3, 2012, Coburn Gallery 

This exhibition, from the collection of independent curator and Colorado Springs resident Joyce Cheney, features over 60 exquisite examples of Molas made by Kuna women in Panama in the latter part of the 20th century.

Mola is the word for both the traditional decorated panels and the blouses into which they are incorporated.  A wide range of imagery can be found incorporated in mola designs: traditional motifs and local plants and animals, plus more recent globally-influenced images such as WWII planes over Panama and modern cruise ships.

Joyce Cheney has been a cultural worker for decades. Previously a storyteller, folk musician and community organizer, she has transitioned backstage to museum exhibit development and non-fiction writing.


Exhibition Event

Tuesday, December 13, 4:30pm Opening Reception and Gallery Talk at Coburn Gallery with curator Joyce Cheney