Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Seattle's African art reveals how masks have evolved into the 21st century

Nandipha Mntambo's mask “Europa,” from the “Disguise” exhibit at Seattle Art
WASHINGTON---We all wear masks, whether literal or ​imaginary. The Seattle Art Museum's "Disguise: Masks and Global African Art" provides an updated look at 21st-century evolutions of the mask and explores contemporary forms of disguise. For this exhibition, curators sought out contemporary artists from Africa and of African descent to create new installations, visions, and sounds for the exhibition. These artists fill the galleries with inventive avatars and provocative new myths, taking us on mysterious journeys through city streets and futuristic landscapes.

Organized by SAM and on view through September 7, "Disguise: Masks and Global African Art" will travel to the Fowler Museum at UCLA from October 18, 2015 to March 13, 2016 and to the Brooklyn Museum from April 29 to September 18, 2016.