Masking Traditions Around the World (August 23 – November 27, 2022)
Whether for celebration or ceremony, masks are used in virtually every human culture, and appear to have been since earliest times. The ability to present a new persona, whether for religious, recreational, or other purposes is best achieved by obscuring recognizable facial features. Drawn from the Museum’s extensive collections, the masks included
in this exhibit appeal to the senses. Evoking universal themes or invoking hidden worlds, masks provide a medium to explore some of those qualities which make us human.