On Thursday, September 5th the BAC held its monthly members meeting. More than 20 people were in attendance to see a presentation from art historian and curator Barbara Lipton of Atlantic Highlands.
Lipton, shown above, spoke about masks as both cultural statements and works of art. Masks have served such purposes as spiritual statements, hiding one's identity, and general protection.
Masks such as these which were on display, provided by our guest speaker, would be as at home in a modern art show as a historical museum.
Which leads us to the topic of our next art exhibition at the Boatworks, a show called Masquerade. The show's theme is masks, both literal and anything relating to the idea of masquerade. Show director Margaret McChesney, shown below, encouraged those in attendance to be inspired by the mask presentation to create something for the exhibition. While masks as objects are welcome, this is an all media show open to any form of art that references the mask and exploring the mystery of the mask.
The art intake for the Masquerade show will be September 27th and 28th, but online registration is available right now. Registration and more information about the show can be found on the show's page on the BAC website.
photos courtesy Dana Cohoon