On Wednesday, Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m., the Latin American & Iberian Institute presents internationally-renowned mascarero Felipe Horta from Tocuaro, Michoacán, Mexico. Horta will show his mask-making art and discuss the role masks play in the community, marketplace and dances of Michoacán. The event is free and open to the public.

Since age 12 Horta has dedicated himself to producing masks for the pastorela (Shepherd's Tale) danzas, which are performed in his community and throughout Michoacán. The performances blend venerable allegory with symbols and scripts from popular culture. He will discuss the dynamic performance and how they depict faith, sin, and salvation, while also commenting upon the joys and struggles of everyday life in contemporary Mexico.

Horta has introduced innovative, fine sculpting techniques into the thriving, vibrant art of mask-making, and his exquisite masks are embraced and sought after by dancers and others in his community.

Masks and other products will be available for sale afterwards. Presentation will be in Spanish with English interpretation, and a catered lunch will be served. For more information, visit LAII.

This event is also sponsored by the UNM Department of Communication & Journalism and received additional funding from the Graduate and Professional Student Association Projects Committee.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu