Disguise: Masks and Global African Art

June 15, 2015

This week the Seattle Art Museum opens its latest exhibition, Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, which explores how traditional African uses of masks and disguise are being used in contemporary art practice.

The catalogue for the exhibition features interviews with ten artists who use video, sound, costume, sculpture, performance, and installations to present fresh visions of the idea of disguise. Featured artists include Walter Oltmann, Jacolby Satterwhite, Sam Vernon, and Saya Woolfalk. Interviews were conducted by independent curator Erika Dalya Massaquoi and SAM curator Pamela McClusky, who also contributes two essays. The majority of the works shown were created in the last decade, many of them will premiere in Disguise, and eight of the works were commissioned by SAM.

Marquand Books produced the 104-page catalogue, which was designed by Zach Hooker and includes 80 color images. The book features six tipped-in velum pages, printed with floods of bright color and quotes from several of the artists. Disguise is published by SAM in association with Yale University Press; copies are available through Yale’s website.

Disguise will be on view at SAM through September 7 and will travel to the Fowler Museum at UCLA in October and to the Brooklyn Museum next spring.



Photography by Jeremy Linden