Latin American Masks Donation
In 2020 OSU alumnus Mark Gordon and Barton College entrusted the Center for Latin American Studies and the Kawsay Ukhunchay Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Art and Cultural Artifacts Research Collection with a series of exquisite diablada masks from various Latin American countries. Masked festival traditions depicting devils in a variety of forms abound in Latin America. Student curators for the Andean and Amazonian Collection dedicated themselves to cleaning and repairing the masks in preparation for display. The physical exhibit at the Thompson Library was put on hold during the COVID pandemic shut down. OSU Libraries pivoted to create a terrific online exhibit.
The physical exhibit is on display during autumn of 2022 at the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, along with a virtual artist residency supported by the K’acha Willaykuna Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts and Humanities project funded through Ohio State’s Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme. For more information about the exhibit and to see the schedule of events, please visit the Barnett Center website.
Download a digital PDF of the exhibition appreciation guide here: Dancing with Devils Appreciation Guide – DIGITAL
Read about the exhibition in The Lantern here.
Dancing with Devils: Latin American Mask Traditions Exhibition
This exhibit presents a collection of Latin American masks from the Center for Latin American Studies’ Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts Collection. Alongside are photographs of Diablada de Píllaro (Devil Dance of Píllaro) in the Ecuadorian province of Tungurahua taken by Ohio State Multimedia Journalism Lecturer Leonardo Carrizo. The online exhibition was supported by OSU Libraries.
Please visit this exciting online exhibition on the library’s website, Dancing with Devils.
Video Portraits: Watch Carrizo’s Photos Come to Life
Scan the following QR codes or click through to see the subjects of Carrizo’s photos perform and/or discuss their roles in the Diablada festival.
Miryam Magdalena Calero
Artist’s Talk on Dancing with Devils: Latin American Mask Traditions Recording and Transcript
Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Virtual Coffee Hour: Dancing with Devils
CLAS presented a collection of Latin American masks, donated by OSU alumnus Mark Gordon and Barton College. On June 25, 2020, Mark joined us to talk about his experiences collecting the masks and research in Latin America.
Dancing with Devils: Masks Timelapse Video
This video shares the history of the Diablada de Píllaro including its origins, traditional festival characters, and artisans of the diablo masks.
Instituto Iberoamericano de Patrimonio Natural y Cultural (IPANC), Diablada Pillareña, Jan 25, 2017, Tungurahua, Ecuador
We also encourage people to enjoy our curated Dancing with Devils playlist on Spotify!