Unmasked: A Group Exhibition

Stonington Gallery

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EXHIBITION: December 1st - 31st, 2022

This December, Stonington Gallery will be showcasing a group exhibition surrounding masks, titled Unmasked! It will run from December 1st to 31st.
The mask is an ancient and magnificent object among the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast and Alaska, important because of its use in ceremony, performance, healing, and family wealth. While many cultural objects combine utilitarian functionality with refined beauty, few objects are as iconic to this region’s art and culture as masks.

The idea of wearing a mask has been drastically altered in recent years; but, as we now begin to unmask, it is time to refocus our attention on the masks that inspire and astound us.

A mask has many jobs to do: be aesthetically striking, convey the supernatural or physical qualities of a particular being or character, tell a story, and capture a life force. They can be large or small, articulated to represent transformation, they can be painted or not, and they can be created in a variety of media.

With the works in this exhibit, which will range from traditional carved wood masks, to ceramic or bronze masks, to paintings inspired by masks and more, we hope to delight and enchant visitors and viewers with complex, astounding visions of these incredible objects.

Participating artists will include but will not be limited to: Robert Davis Hoffmann (Tlingit), Jason Hunt (Kwaguilth), James Johnson (Tlingit), Dave Ketah (Tlingit), Angela Marston (Stz’uminus), Paige Pettibon (Confederated Salish/Kootenai/Black), Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama), Robin Rorick (Haida), Christian White (Haida), Terresa White (Yup’ik).

Stonington Gallery

125 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Tues-Fri 10-5; Sat 11-5


ABOUT THE GALLERY: Stonington Gallery exhibits an exciting collection of contemporary masterworks from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Serving Seattle since 1979, the gallery is respected for the depth and quality of its collection, exceptional service and knowledgeable staff. For visitors wishing to understand the character of Seattle and the wider Northwest Coast, our gallery is a rich cultural introduction, and proof of the vibrant, living Indigenous cultures and artists of our region. Our mission is to provide the ideal environment for the presentation, enjoyment and understanding of premier contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest Coast and Alaska, and to foster greater appreciation for these artforms and the artists who make them. Our commitment to educating the public and advancing the appreciation of Northwest Coast art has led us to exhibit at museums, convention centers, government buildings, SeaTac airport, the Seattle Aquarium, art fairs, and Nantes, France.

The gallery staff acknowledges that the gallery and larger city of Seattle occupies unceded Duwamish lands.