Explore the ways in which individuals and groups express their identities to the world around them. Although we rarely think about identity in our everyday lives, we are continually confronted with objects and symbols that both set us apart as individuals and bring us together in groups. Personal objects and ornaments as well as clothing and hairstyles express our individuality. Family crests, national insignia, and religious icons give us identity as groups.
Face to Face brings together more than 350 objects from the RMSC’s anthropology collection. You’ll encounter some of the ways that identity is expressed in societies ranging from the Haudenosaunee in the northeastern United States to the courts of Imperial China.
You’ll see a range of expression and diversity that’s both provocative and entertaining. Our goal is to show that as we come face-to-face with others, we discover ourselves!