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Another Face of México Mask Museum and Gallery Opens to the Public

By Barbara Erickson

Another Face of México Mask Museum and Gallery, with over 600 ceremonial masks, will open to the public October 28, 29, and 30 from 1:30 to 4:30pm. Jacobo Mendoza and Blanca Gómez, Oaxacan folk artists, will exhibit and sell their collectibles. Heidi Levasseur will display her family altar and give a talk about traditions at 2:30pm.

Talk and Art Exhibit
Exhibition of Master Weaver Jacobo Mendoza and Folk Carver Blanca Gómez
Fri, Sat, and Sun, Oct 28, 29, and 30, 1:30–4:30pm
Altar and Tradition Talk 2:30pm each day
Another Face of México Mask Museum and Gallery
Cuesta de San José 32, Colonia Azteca
No admission fee for the Mask Museum or Exhibition
For more information call 154 4324

Usually open by appointment only, Casa de la Cuesta’s Another Face of México Mask Museum opens to kick off Day of the Dead weekend with an exhibit and show of renowned Oaxacan artists Jacobo Mendoza and Blanca Gómez. Collector Bill Levasseur, who travels several times a year to ceremonies that go back hundreds of years, purchases only masks that have been used in dances or rituals, making them living pieces of history as well as works of art. The Museum has photographs and video showing their use in performance.

Another Face of México Mask Museum showcases handmade post-Conquest ceremonial masks from remote villages across the country. Janet Esser, Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University, author of Behind the Masks in Mexico, and lifetime expert on the traditions of Mexican mask making called Another Face of México the “top mask museum in Mexico, perhaps the continent” during her latest visit. Luckily, one does not need to be a collector to enjoy the excellent curation and fantastic array of 600 of the finest masks that Mr. Levasseur has painstakingly collected and displayed. Levasseur maintains a small showroom where he sells masks for which he no longer has exhibition space.

Heidi Levasseur will give her delightful talk about Day of the Dead Altar Traditions at 2:30 each day.

Another Face of México is proud to host two Oaxacan friends for the exhibit. Jacobo Mendoza is a renowned Oaxacan rug weaver from Teotitlán del Valle, internationally known for his work with natural dyes and fine wools and recipient of many prestigious awards. Blanca Gómez hails from a long line of Oaxacan wood-carvers and will exhibit and show her fanciful folk art. Mr. Levasseur says, “this event is a highlight of our year, to give visitors the chance to meet these incredible artists, appreciate this work, and of course, shop!” Attendance to all the events is free, although a donation to the children’s charity Casa de Los Angeles is appreciated.

 

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