Currently on site for School Field Trips
Latin America and the Caribbean–An Overview of its Peoples, Cultures, Arts
The exhibits open with the dramatic geographical contrasts within this region, explored on a large touchscreen display. The story continues with humans’ first arrivals and the subsequent development of its early complex civilizations. An interactive screen locates and explores some of the area’s exciting archaeological sites. The exhibits continue with a brief history of the colonization of Latin America and the Caribbean, the introduction of slaves, and struggles for independence. Visitors then explore the distinct ecosystems, and unique and colorful biodiversity of the region. Finally, Latin America today is examined through its natural resources, economies, educational systems, and religions. Exhibits on Latin American Arts use objects and touchscreens to introduce the visitor to the rich contributions of Latin Americans to the world’s art, folk arts, music, literature, architecture, and film.
Mexican Masks: Symbols, Celebrations, Satire & Safety
September 23, 2023 through April 20, 2024
Masks are worn by peoples around the world for a variety of purposes – to allow the wearer to hide their identity or to assume a new identity for protection against diseases or malevolent spirits, to mock others, to symbolize one’s social status or position, and for amusement. Masks in Mexico have been used for thousands of years to portray objects and themes as varied as plants and animals, old and young, ethnic, political, economic, and social differences, and especially the fantastical and supernatural.
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