When

Friday, March 8, 2013 to Sunday, June 16, 2013

Opening Reception

The Contemporary Arts Center will celebrate the opening of four new exhibitions on Friday, March 8 from 6pm to 8pm, with a performance by Lost Bayou Ramblers to follow from 8pm to 10pm in the CAC’ atrium.

a thousand threads

And Their Voices Cry Freedom Again

Beyond “Beasts”: The Art of Court 13

Brilliant Disguise: Masks and Other Transformations

Schedule of Events:

6pm: Rusty Lazer
7:15pm: Reading by Lucy Alibar, Nathan Harrison, and Crockett Doob
8pm: Lost Bayou Ramblers
9:30pm Natural Light All Stars

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 6:00pm

Brilliant Disguise: Masks and Other Transformations explores the motivations and meanings behind masking and disguise, as it is manifested in contemporary art and in masks of different cultures.

Since time immemorial people have used masks and disguises as a means of assuming an alternate identity. In some cases masks allow the wearer to theatrically perform a character, in others instances the secrecy afforded by a mask permits the wearer to more freely express their true nature, still in others, the spiritual power or prestige residing in the mask itself becomes a channel for conveying power. From the festival to the confessional, masks protect their wearers from the societal judgments of everyday life, and allow them to function on an alternate plane. For artists working in recent decades, masks and disguise provide a means of portraying identity itself as a construct or a line of inquiry to be challenged and manipulated.

The exhibition Brilliant Disguise was influenced and inspired by New Orleans and its Mardi Gras, which has a rich history of masking. Brilliant Disguise: Masks and Other Transformations is organized by Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at NOMA. Exhibiting artists include: John Graham, Nikki Lee, Jim Nutt, Yasumasa Morimura, Boo Ritson, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, Lorna Simpson, and John Waters.

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