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

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Since time immemorial people have used masks and disguises as a means of a ssuming an alternate identity. In some cases masks allow the wearer to thea trically 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 bec omes 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 r ecent decades\, masks and disguise provide a means of portraying identity i tself as a construct or a line of inquiry to be challenged and manipulated.

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The exhibition Brilliant Disguise was influenced and inspir ed by New Orleans and its Mardi Gras\, which has a rich history of masking. Brilliant Disguise: Masks and Other Transformations is organized by Mirand a Lash\, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at NOMA.

DTEND:20130616 DTSTAMP:20140722T153824 DTSTART:20130308 GEO:29.9434379;-90.0707692 LOCATION:Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans\,900 Camp St. \nNew Orleans\, LA 70130 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Brilliant Disguise: Masks and Other Transformations\, John Graham\, Nikki Lee\, Yasumasa Morimura\, Jim Nutt\, Boo Ritson\, Cindy Sherman\, Yi nka Shonibare\, Lorna Simpson\, John Waters UID:256364 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130308T170000 DTSTAMP:20140722T153824 DTSTART:20130308T110000 GEO:29.9434379;-90.0707692 LOCATION:Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans\,900 Camp St. \nNew Orleans\, LA 70130 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Brilliant Disguise: Masks and Other Transformations\, John Graham\, Nikki Lee\, Yasumasa Morimura\, Jim Nutt\, Boo Ritson\, Cindy Sherman\, Yi nka Shonibare\, Lorna Simpson\, John Waters UID:256365 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR