Culture Fix: Patrick A. Polk on Guatemalan Masks
In conjunction with Guatemalan Independence Day on September 15, exhibition curator Patrick A. Polk tours the exhibition Guatemalan Masks. In this gallery talk, Polk discusses the history of colonialism and national identity through the lens of the Guatemalan masquerade tradition.
Related Exhibition: Guatemalan Masks: Selections from the Jeanne and Jim Pieper Collection.
Traditional Guatemalan dance-dramas come to life in a vivid installation of eighty wood masks depicting animals, folk personae, and historical figures that are deeply rooted in Guatemalan religiosity and popular culture. With some examples dating back a century or more, the masks offer insights into how the dances articulate community identities.
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