A Unique Legacy
Apartamento Magazine explores the Girard Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.
Written by: Marco Velardi, Nacho Alegre, and Omar Sosa
Artwork by: Nacho Alegre
Sometimes the best things in life happen by chance. Our trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, was really one of those moments, one in which you really didn’t know what you were about to experience but you could sense that it would remain with you forever. Early last year, an unplanned encounter in Milan with Kori Girard, Alexander Girard’s grandson, sparked our curiosity to find out more about the world of Girard, his work, and the legacy he left behind. So last December, we embarked on a two day trip—a total of 40 hours divided over six aeroplanes, TSA security queue nightmares, snowstorms, and an unparalleled willingness to be beyond jet-lagged—to meet Kori, his sister Aleishall, and their parents Marshall and Alexis, in Santa Fe. We spent time together at their family home, visited Marshall’s workshop and personal storage, explored the Girard Wing and the underground archives at the Museum of International Folk Art, ate together at The Compound Restaurant, and took in the surrounding nature. It was a mind-blowing experience.
The images that follow are a special selection of photographs that complement "The Girards: A unique legacy across three generations" published in Apartamento Magazine issue #13. They were taken as we followed Marshall, Kori, and Aleishall in the Girard Wing and archives at the Museum of International Folk Art and explored the more than 106,000 objects selected and arranged by Alexander Girard.
“I believe we should preserve evidence of the past, not as a pattern for sentimental imitation, but as nourishment for the creative spirit of the present.”
-Alexander Girard, 1968 The Magic of a People
“The objects were not designed for deep contemplation but rather as simple expressions of delight, amusement or reverence. They were created by the spirit of the craftsman. Invented and fashioned by an individual for the enjoyment of others.”
-Alexander Girard, 1963 Some Notes on the Folk Art in the Herman Miller Collection