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Mexican Mask Folk Art, the Art Galleries,
California State University at Long Beach,
early 1970s

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Background (such as I recall it): Undated and unnumbered black-and-white positive slides. No idea what film was originally used; Google suggests that Kodak did have a black-and-white positive slide film maybe into the 1970's. These look like I may have been shooting either archival photos or photos for a show publication, but still I have no idea why I would be shooting black-and-white since all these masks are beautifully colored:

Masks on display at the Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City

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Photo, Wikipedia: File:MaskDisplayMaPHidalgo.JPG · Source article: Mexican mask-folk art

Also puzzling is the fact that these are my slides; when I worked on the Gallery Crew and then later as a Graduate Assistant in the Art Galleries I did all the photography for, and of, all the shows but all those slides would have stayed behind in the Art Gallery archives when I finally left Long Beach State for good in maybe 1973.

This Mexican Mask show was one of the major shows at the Cal State Long Beach Art Galleries the year it happened, as I recall, but after that I can't remember much about it. I do seem to recall that the masks were all from a private, local Southern California collection.

The first photos show the masks being curated and cataloged by Don Dame, PhD, who (with Carl Day) was one of the two Gallery Directors. A wonderful, wonderful man to work for...

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Set one: Mexican Mask Folk Art, the Art Galleries, California State University at Long Beach, early 1970s

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Set one: Mexican Mask Folk Art, the Art Galleries, California State University at Long Beach, early 1970s

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Set two: Mexican Mask Folk Art, the Art Galleries, California State University at Long Beach, early 1970s

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Set two: Mexican Mask Folk Art, the Art Galleries, California State University at Long Beach, early 1970s

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Set three: Mexican Mask Folk Art, the Art Galleries, California State University at Long Beach, early 1970s

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Set three: Mexican Mask Folk Art, the Art Galleries, California State University at Long Beach, early 1970s

Mexican Mask Folk Art, the Art Galleries,
California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach CA, early 1970s


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Mexican Mask Folk Art, the Art Galleries,
California State University at Long Beach,
early 1970s

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You might also enjoy:

the Foundry, the Sculpture Department, California State University at Long Beach, March 1971

Epoch Ceramics Inc, Compton California 1974

The High Fire Works studio, Long Beach, California early 1970s


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