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The Michigan State University Museum presents a satellite exhibit in the LookOut Gallery in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) in Snyder-Phillips Hall this summer, "Lifeforms: Baby-Carriers and Masks from Around the World." The exhibit is a companion to "MASK: Secrets and Revelations," currently at the MSU Museum.

"Collected from different parts of the world where they were made with different materials and used for different purposes, these mask introduce us to one of the many ways that humanity has pondered the question: how do we or how should we define human identity?" notes Carolyn Loeb, the exhibit's organizer and an associate professor of art and architectural history at RCAH.

Alongside the masks in "Lifeforms" is a selection of baby carriers from around the world. Stitched, painted, collaged, carved, or woven with intricacy and care these beautiful utilitarian devices have allowed mothers to look after their young and take up the tasks of daily life.

Many of these collections come from the recently Doris Nielson Collection. After a lifetime of global travels, Nielson donated hundreds of textiles and fabric objects she had collected to the MSU Museum


The exhibit will be open Tuesdays - Thursdays, noon - 2 p.m., through July 28 in C200 Snyder Hall.