Bryan Stevens, 1944-2020

It was about 40 years ago that I bought my first mask (Mexican) at a flea market. A few years later I met Bryan who lived in the neighboring town of York, PA, and he really got me excited about collecting. Though he was a psychiatrist by profession, he curated one of the most important Mexican mask collections in the world. He was always generous with his time and taught me a great deal about the folk art and anthropology of Mexico. He was also kind enough to write the preface to “Masks of the World,” a book written by me and Troy Yohn in 2015. I will greatly miss him.

One Comment

  • Jean

    A very sad news!

    Unfortunately, I did not have the occasion to know him personnally, yet.
    His death is obviously a major loss for the knowledge of mesoamerican traditional masks !!

    Condolences to his family and relatives.

    Jean Van de Stadt

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