Jan. 25, 2013 @ 11:00 am – May. 26, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
Masked: Changing Identities showcases the recent acquisitions from the Patricia and Carmine De Vivi Mexican Mask Collection and selected artworks from the Mexic- Arte Museum’s permanent collection. This Exhibition focuses largely on modern Mexican regional masks and their varies uses in folkloric narratives, religious practices, regional pageantry and popular art. With the hybridization of indigenous rituals and Spanish colonial practices, the regional masks facilitated the ongoing shift and negotiation of cultural identities in Mexico. Early regional masks played key roles in morality dramas and dances used to teach Catholicism to the indigenous and celebrate religious holidays such as Holy Week and Carnival. Dance masks continue to be a vital component in regional festivals and their aesthetic qualities have led to the emergence of an ever- growing commercial mask art industry. Masked: Changing Identities spans the evolution of Mexican masks as ritual artifacts to the popular art object, and serves as a form of rediscovery with the cornerstones of Mexic-Arte Museums’s permanent collection.