The ETSU Department of Art & Design and the Slocumb Galleries in collaboration with the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts (MBM SOTA), ETSU Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Tennessee Consortium of International Studies (TnCIS) proudly present the “Masks of Michoacan” a travellng exhibition of ritual masks from October 9 to 25, 2012. Dr. Marion Oettinger Jr., a cultural anthropologist specializing in Latin America with the San Antonio Museum of Art, will present the lecture "Dancing Faces: Mexican Masks in Cultural Context" on October 22, Monday at 6 p.m. in Ball Hall Auditorium. The exhibition reception follows immediately after the lecture, all events are open to the public free of charge.
Laden with profound ritual meanings, the Masks of the Michoacán -- or Máscaras de Michoacán -- exhibition is a mosaic of Michoacán culture, featuring 40 Mesoamerican masks from the Mask Museum in the Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán. An essential element of human ritual used during colonial times, these masks are particularly important because each one has played a role in ceremonial dances within communities that continue to keep alive the festivities and traditions inherited from their ancestors. Each mask proudly represents the folk art of Michoacán and illustrates a unique artistry of carving, pigmentation, expressiveness of features and details such as fangs, horns, necklaces, headdresses, eyes painted or made of glass, mustaches, carved beards or even added hair or eyebrows. These masks are testimony to a magical world that alludes to the presence of good, evil and ancient gods. The collection is a treasure rescued and assembled from private collections and is presented by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, as its fourth art exhibition from México.
The Slocumb Galleries’ hours are Mondays thru Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours during receptions and scheduled tours. Located at Ernest C. Ball Hall along Sherrod Drive. For more information, contact SG Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423.483.3179. You may also visit www.etsu.edu/cas/art/slocumb or the ETSU PlanIt Calendar under Museum & Galleries or Visual Arts categories.