[exhibit] Mexican Masks @ Consulate // SF

Consulado General de México en San Francisco.
532 Folsom St, San Francisco, California 94105

Mexican Masks will be on exhibit through October 11, 2019. The gallery, located on the third floor of 532 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3 pm.


The Mexican Museum is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit Mexican Masks, a show presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco.

Curated by Juan Coronel Rivera, Mexican curator and grandson of artist Diego Rivera, the exhibition showcases nearly sixty masks from The Mexican Museum’s permanent collection.

On the American continent during the Pre-Columbian era, masks acted as a sort of spiritualistic relic. Among the Mesoamerican cultures, masks played a metaphysical function. They represented the Gods and divine creation, and demonstrated wealth, social, and ceremonial status, especially when used as funerary objects. The Pre-Cortesian world nourished the mask as object-subject of the hideout, parody, game, and hidden mockery. Today, unfortunately, the original significance of the mask and its meaning has been forgotten in some cases. For some, the masks reconstruct the mere representation of a ritual that returns to their origins. The meaning of the masks might be lost but the reason for their creation continues to endure.

Made out of wood, leather and other materials, the masks included in the show belong to different Mexican regions and cultures providing the viewer with a taste of Mexican history and traditions.

The exhibit was underwritten by current Board Member Nora Wagner, and co-curated by former Mexican Consul for Cultural Affairs Paula Linares, who is currently collaborating with The Mexican Museum on its Museo sin Muros Program.