Clarissa Tossin: Ch’u Mayaa

Smith College Museum of Art (20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton MA 01063)

Art

Exhibition open October 11th through January 5th 2020. Clarissa Tossin’s Ch’u Mayaa questions the forms of cultural appropriation in modernist architecture. Tossin focuses on Mayan Revival style as it manifested in Los Angeles during the early 20th century and sets the work in the Hollyhock House (built 1919–1921), a private home in Los Angeles designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Working with the choreographer and performer Crystal Sepúlveda, Tossin based Ch’u Mayaa’s choreography and movements on the gestures and poses represented in Mayan ceramics and murals.