Masks serve as powerful statements about identity and perception, changing the wearer’s face by exaggerating or concealing features, and expressing the shadow personality found in each of us. Many cultures embrace the making and wearing of masks. Worn during dances, rites of passage, festivals and other celebratory events, masks serve as powerful symbols of identity and power. They also express complex beliefs and are often associated with the deepest convictions and ideals of a community. As art objects, masks are exceedingly diverse and are created with wood, paper mache, fiber, metal and paper. MASKS – Selections from the Permanent Collection will present a diverse collection of masks from the Museum’s permanent collection from numerous countries, including Mexico, Japan, Indonesia and Nigeria.
One of a Kind
Featuring jewelry, body ornaments and a collection of knitted and crocheted wire hanging flowers and sea creatures by internationally-renowned artist, Arline Fisch.
An intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery featuring a selection of shadow puppets from Indonesia.
Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei's Collection
Part of the Getty Center-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this exhibition offers the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Museum’s significant holdings of objects used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico, Central and South America.
Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.