Past Exhibitions

2014 Treasures of the Maya Spirit. Traveling Exhibition of Maya art and ethnography at the 19th Annual Los Angeles Art Show presented by The Palm Beach Show Group in Tandem with the 29th Annual IFPDA Los Angeles Fine Print Fair. In cooperation with La Ruta Maya Conservation Foundation, The Friends of the Ixchel Museum, The Paiz Foundation for Education and Culture, and the future Museo Maya de América.

2014 Seri Cultural Exchange and Marketplace at Xipe Projects in Huntington Beach, CA. Traveling Exhibition at Xipe Projects in Huntington Beach, CA. Special Guests: the Seri /Comca’ac Women’s Artisans Cooperative from Desemboque, artist Abe Sanchez, and Mike Gray.

2013 Ceramic Trees of Life: Izúcar de Matamoros, Acatlán, and Metepec. Temporary Exhibition of the Mexican tradition of ceramic arts at Xipe Projects in Huntington Beach, CA.

2012 Visions of the Fantastic: Calaveras, Naguales y Diablos. Temporary Exhibition of Surrealism in Latin American folk art at Xipe Projects in Huntington Beach, CA.

2012 Persistence of the Flower World. Temporary Exhibition of the masked dance tradition of the Yaqui, Mayo, Cora, Tarahumara, and Tepehuan at Xipe Projects in Huntington Beach, CA,

2012 Danzas y Máscaras. Inaugural exhibition of the masked dance tradition in Guatemala and Mexico at Xipe Projects in HB, CA.

Above: "Devil Dance Troupe," Date Unknown, Courtesy of the Valey Family Estate
​Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Guatemala

The Maestro and the Dance will be accompanied by a free color catalogue with new translations by Dr. Nelson Lopez Rojas and essays on the history and tradition of the masked dance-drama in Mesoamerica by Dr. Rhonda Taube.
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Now Open: The Maestro and the Dance is a new exhibition that takes an in-depth look at the creative vision of Maestro Florencio Valey of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa and the world of Guatemalan dance culture. 

This special exhibit will explore sources of Valey’s inspiration and creative process as well as examine his connection to the cultural practices of the Guatemalan dance tradition at large. Highlights of the exhibit will include a vibrant display of complete costumes and dance masks from Valey’s own presentation of the “Moors and Christians,” a troupe of dancing devil costumes, family photographs, personal letters, and a selection of dance texts from Xipe Projects’ never-before-exhibited cache of Guatemalan Loas.

Who participates in the danzas tradicionales (or traditional dances) of Guatemala? What is the meaning behind the dance?
And how does Valey, as just one particular artist working within the tradition, incorporate elements of both history, and innovation?

Explore these questions and more when Xipe Projects reopens this December with...

The Maestro and the Dance

Latin American Masks and Popular Art

Xipe Projects           A California Museum in the Making!

The Maestro and the Dance

Admission is free.

Lecture seating is first come, first served.

Refreshments will be provided