Talk to me, dolly
By Jade Arroyo
At the museum of popular toys La Esquina an exhibit titled “Alma de Cartón” (“Cardboard Soul”) explores cardboard dolls through the vision of 12 women artists. Beginning with plain cardboard dolls, each of these artists brought them to life by painting them, naming them, dressing them and creating a personality for each of them. In total, 36 dolls were created (each artist made three). The unfinished cardboard dolls were made by master cardboard maker don Jesús Aguilar, from Celaya. The artists that participated in the show are Lena Bartula, Mariló Carral, Delia Pérez Salina, Estela Hussong, Marisa Boullosa, Sylvia Ordoñez, Soledad Tafolla, Vanessa Salas, Ana María Montes de Oca, Georgina Quintana, and Trini and Betsabé Romero.
La Esquina is located at the corner of Núñez and San Francisco and displays over a thousand pieces; the main goal of the toy museum is to spread and preserve the beauty and tradition of traditional Mexican toys. It opens its doors Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sundays from 10am to 3pm.