'Masters of Disguise' Opens at Museum
Since ancient times humans have been fascinated with the concept of disguise.
The exhibition, "Masters of Disguise," on display at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, in Charlotte, through July 20, offers a fresh look at a variety of art forms that skillfully illustrate the power of concealment. Masks, jewelry, clothing, and even daily household objects offer a unique glimpse into how ordinary items can conceal and be concealed.
The 74 selected works, primarily from The Mint Museum's permanent collection, address not only human self-transformation, but also examine disguised forms, materials and environments. The included pieces range from an ancient example of masking on a Mayan chocolate vessel to contemporary trompe l'oeil sculpture by California Funk artists.
"Masters of Disguise" seeks to challenge visitors' perceptions by displaying non-traditional methods of disguise. The exhibition highlights human transformation as well as disguised forms, materials and environments as a framework for investigation. From full body conversions to art works that fool the eye, each piece explores innovative ways to mask, conceal and camouflage. The exhibition includes works from notable artists such as Cindy Sherman, Stephen De Staebler, Nick Cave and Robert Ebendorf.
The exhibition is sponsored by The Founders' Circle Ltd., the national support affiliate of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design.
The Mint Museum of Craft + Design is located in a renovated historic building at 220 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, and displays national and international contemporary craft in ceramics, metal, wood, glass, and fabric.
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