In Central Florida: Art from masks, art from Puerto Rican identity

This mask, by Ben Van Beusekom, is part of the “Bombshell: Masquerading Warfare” exhibit, on view at CityArts. As we don face masks to stop the spread of the coronavirus, most of us probably aren’t thinking about words such as “elegant” or “fanciful.” But fashion designer Ben Van Beusekom doesn’t think like most of us. The couturier has been turning protective face coverings — both the COVID-19 variety and the gas masks so prominent a hundred years ago — into art.

His creations are on view at downtown Orlando’s CityArts in one of two exhibitions we’re going to visit in […]


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