Maya Alphabet of Modern Times April 1 - May 28, 2017

On a white field, a stylized hand holds a circular mask-like face. The face wears green feathers and has curved orange lines following the shape of the top and left of its head.

Frida Larios, Maya Alphabet of Modern Times, 2017.


A stylized circular face framed by swirls of blue. The mouth and eyes of the face are simple circles, and its nose is a brown triangle. The complete symbol sits on an unpainted background.

 Frida Larios: Maya Alphabet of Modern Times, 2017.

Exhibition Overview

Maya Alphabet of Modern Times intends to re-codify a small part of the Maya mythic narrative, giving the artistic tradition new graphic form. In the Maya Alphabet of Modern Times typo-graphic works, Frida Larios, a native of El Salvador, has borrowed directly from the logo-graphic language of the ancestral Maya scribes, but speaking to and for the Indigenous Maya of today. Since finishing her master's thesis in London in 2005, Larios has regenerated nearly 100 new designs that have been integrated into diverse media: books, works on paper, installations, sculptures, garments, jewels and toys. These new artifacts carry through the Pre-Columbian heritage to a contemporary audience of every age, thus intending that the Mesoamerican script is preserved to see a new generation.

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Maya Alphabet of Modern Times

Join artist and typographic designer Frida Larios for a lively discussion and introduction to the Maya Alphabet of Modern Times, a new graphic form that draws from the tradition of the Maya mythic narrative. The collection borrows directly from the logo-graphic language of the ancestral Maya scribes, but speaks to and for the indigenous Maya of today.