Founded by a prominent collective of creatives from the art, design, and architecture disciplines, Masa is a nomadic project, taking its name from the Mexican word for cornmeal, “a pliable material that quells hunger and sustains culture.” Without a permanent venue, Masa will evolve its exhibitions according to what works with the host space, each of which will challenge traditional expectations of a gallery setting.
Fittingly, the launch exhibition, “Collective/Collectible” examines what it means to be “from somewhere,” featuring functional pieces by 16 artists and designers who are native to Mexico, or live in the country and have been influenced by it in their designs.
Masa explains, “biographical precedents ask how the structures that define a place might be separate from the structures of the state, which can impart citizenship but not a sense of belonging.”
Curators Su Wu and Constanza Garza arranged pieces to complement existing features of the mansion, which are striking in and of themselves, including double height windows, a grand staircase, columns, and ruby-red carpets and walls.
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Hand carved sculptures of black marble and volcanic stone by