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Please join us for the virtual gallery reception on
Friday, March 19.

Zoom opens at 7 p.m.; artist talk begins at 7:15 p.m.

Friday, March 19 | 7 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 989 7260 0189
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For more on the exhibition, visit:
“The Face Behind the Mask”


The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is open and free to the public.
Masks and social distancing are required.


Center for Visual Arts, Augustana University

(corner of 30th St. & Grange Ave.)

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays: 1-4 p.m.

Date: March 18 – April 16, 2021

Times: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m; Sat., 1-4 p.m.

Location: Eide/Dalrymple Gallery

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana University opens “The Face Behind the Mask: Disguising the Inner Soul,” which will be on view from Thursday, March 18, through Friday, April 16. A gallery reception with curator’s talk will take place virtually on Friday, March 19, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Click here for the reception zoom link.

In a new exhibition opening at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, curator Dr. L. Adrien Hannus examines how masks have functioned across time and space in human cultural systems. Masks are the most ancient means of changing identity and assuming a new persona. They have long fascinated Hannus, since his days as a graduate student when he was first introduced to the deep literature on shamanism and the prevalence of masks within traditional cultures.

“A shaman is a spiritual leader who can be both a magician and medicine man,” notes Hannus. “When a shaman dons a mask, it succeeds in obscuring the shaman’s worldly identity, allowing the wearer to transcend our profane space and prepare to contact the spiritual world.”  For Hannus, this helps us both understand a range of traditional and historic cultures, but also becomes a metaphor for today. As poet and playwright Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.”

Objects in the exhibit range the world, crossing centuries of time and space. The pieces date from the late 19th century to the late 20th century. Their geographic regions of origin include Africa, New Guinea, Mexico, Korea, Sri Lanka, Europe, Northeastern Canada and the Northwest Coast of Canada. Masks in the exhibit also range from quite traditional pieces, such as a Yaqui shaman mask to several which depict European figures, like the conquistadors. Several pieces have been recently produced for the tourist industry and strongly modify traditional themes. The pieces have been selected from the Carl Grupp Permanent Art Collection at Augustana University and personal collection of Hannus.

Hannus is the David B. Jones endowed chair and professor of anthropology at Augustana University. He was assisted in this exhibition by students in his Augustana Museum Methods course.