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.