12 NOON: Refreshments


1PM: Pravina Shukla
Folk Art in the Brazilian Interior

2PM: Henry Glassie
Folk Art in Global Sweep

3PM: Special Screening
Of the Award Winning Documentary

Henry Glassie: Field Work (click to view trailer)

(And don’t miss our Robert L Pfannebecker Collection/Auction Exhibition on the same day!)
(click for more information)

Between 2007 and the present, Pravina Shukla and Henry Glassie conducted fieldwork in Northeastern Brazil, writing Sacred Art: Catholic Saints and Candomblé Gods in Modern Brazil, published in 2018, and Folk Art: Continuity, Creativity, and the Brazilian Quotidian, for sale first at Material Culture in December 2023.

Pravina Shukla

Pravina Shukla is Provost Professor of Folklore at Indiana University, and the author of The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment and the Art of the Body in Modern India, and Costume: Performing Identities through Dress.

Henry Glassie

Henry Glassie, College Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, has written twenty books, including Passing the Time in Ballymenone, The Spirit of Folk Art, and Turkish Traditional Art Today, all named notable books of the year by the New York Times.


Henry Glassie: Field Work from Director Pat Collins is a portrait of the celebrated folklorist and ethnologist Henry Glassie. Inspired by and featuring Glassie – Field Work, is an immersive and meditative film set among the rituals and rhythms of working artists in Brazil, Turkey, North Carolina and Ireland.

The film displays the director’s trademark eye for details and the process of the artists’ work is awe-inspiring. Glassie’s subject is folklore and art but his deep abiding love for the people who create it resonates throughout the film. “I don’t study people” Glassie says, “I stand with people and I study the things they create.” Artists like the sculptor Edival Rosas from Salvador in Brazil describe their practice as one where body and spirit are integrated, where in Glassie’s words the creative act brings “a momentary fulfilment of what it is to be human.”

Having had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film won many awards, including Best Irish Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh; Best European Science Film of the European Academy of Science Film; and the Audience Award of the INScience International Film Festival.

Henry Glassie: Field Work (click to view trailer)