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Unmasking the Museo

Be prepared to see a lot of unfamiliar faces tonight at the Museo de las Américas. The art museum’s year-long twentieth-anniversary celebration kicks off tonight with Cara a Cara, a show filled with masks from its permanent collection — many of which aren’t often on display. The colorful masks, which come from all over the Americas, will showcase the museum’s dedication to pre-Columbian and folk art, with an exhibition to come later in the year demonstrating the modern-art aspect of the cultural center.

“The collections are alive and well,” says Museo executive director and curator Maruca Salazar. “And the value of those collections is still very important and represents the past of the Museo, but also the future of this institution.” In installing the masks, Salazar explains that she wanted to avoid just hanging a bunch of masks on the wall. “I’m making sure that the way that the masks are installed provides some kind of commentary and establishes a dialogue between the viewer and the object. The masks are facing each other and turn around and face the public so the public can become a part of it.”

Celebrate twenty years of this valuable Denver institution, and many more to come. Cara a Cara opens tonight with a free public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Museo, 861 Santa Fe Drive, and will be up through September 23. For more information, visit or call 303-571-4401.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: June 21. Continues through Sept. 23, 2012


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