Crafting Identity: Masks and the Pastorela in Michoacán will open in the ARCADE GALLERY at the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University on September 10 and will be on display through January 14, 2017.
An exhibition of masks carved by Felipe Horta and various other mask artists from the village of Tocuaro, in Michoacan. These masks are used in the ceremonial dances (pastorelas) staged during the community fiesta held each February. Tocuaro is locally and nationally known for its mask artists (mascareros) and the well-carved and painted masks that they produce.
Video by Pavel Shlossberg on the Use of Masks in the Pastorelas
Info on masks and pastorelas begins at 9:12 (9 minutes and 12 seconds into the video)
Photos of Felipe Horta’s Mask Making Workshop at the Art Dept at Gonzaga University