Our exhibition of visually arresting ritual, shamanistic, and theatrical masks from around the world opens this Friday, March 13. Titled “Becoming Another: The Power of Masks,” the show will feature nearly 100 masks from the 15th““20th centuries, along with a selection of stunning costumes and ceremonial garments. Among the many highlights of this exhibition are a 19th century Tlingit mask of a bear or land otter that would have been used by a shaman of the Northwest Coast of America to connect with animal spirits and a Bhutanese theatrical mask of Padmasambhava depicted as Nyima Oze, one of his eight manifestations.
Presently, our Collections Management team is hard at work installing these artworks in our galleries. Below, enjoy a sneak peek of the installation process!