Masks and the Uncanny, in Africa and Beyond

Masks and the Uncanny, in Africa and Beyond

In Western European languages, the "mask" exerts a powerful presence as a figure of speech. To masquerade is to "pretend to be someone one is not." By extension, unmasking is a heroic metaphor for exposing a hidden truth.

In this lecture, Z. S. Strother, Riggio Professor of African Art at Columbia University, uses African case studies to offer an alternative vision of masquerading. She will explore the aesthetic emotions aroused by masks, or more precisely, by "dances of masks": joy, wonder, ...

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13 attendees (None invited)

Venue

Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Dr, Ste 1100

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