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Bailando con El Diablo: The Devil Masks of Guatemala

This exhibition serves as an invitation to investigate one of the cultural practices of the Guatemalan people and their visually stimulating artistic creations. Please join us in viewing and celebrating these works through Friday, June 2, 2017.

Imagery representing the Devil is used in many cultural roles across the world. The Dance of the Legion of 24 Devils is part of the Festival of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, which is held every year in December in various regions of Guatemala, particularly Ciudad Vieja. These masks are part of the iconographic system of teaching tools created as part of the transition towards Christianity in the 17th century by Franciscan monks and incorporate themes, music, and dances of both the indigenous folklore of the Guatemalan peoples, as well as the culture of the Catholic community. Each mask portrays a transgression or ‘sin’ that people may face in their everyday lives, such as lust or envy, and the dance portrays the consequences of such behavior.

Also on view, are masks that represent a series of supportive players from other local dances, such as the Mico and Judas, that are also part of the Dr. Jonathan A. Campbell & Tanya G. Dowdey Guatemalan Mask Collection.

The Visual Resource Collections & Gallery, Fine Arts Building, 2nd Floor, FA2109. Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.

For more information on these or other artworks from the UT Arlington Fine Arts Collection, please contact Cheryl Mitchell, Collections Specialist, at

Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 8:30am to 5:00pm

Visual Resource Commons & Gallery, FA2109, Fine Arts Building
700 Greek Row Drive, Arlington, Tx

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