Professor curates part of MASK exhibit

Posted on: February 21, 2011

In its largest international and multimedia exhibit ever, the Michigan State University Museum has put on display 240 masks, ranging in size from a few inches to 7 feet.

Professor Howard Bossen curated the first companion exhibit “Radiation Mask Series” by Swedish photographer Magnus Westerborn. Making its U.S. debut, the installation features nine near-life-size photos of radiation masks taken in 2009 and 2010. Each radiation mask, molded to a specific person’s face, is used in the treatment of a variety of head cancers.

“This is an emotionally haunting series of images,” said Howard Bossen, adjunct photography curator for the museum and professor of journalism. “I think the intersection of art and medicine is extremely powerful. So I hope ‘Radiation Mask Series’ begins a lengthy discussion on campus and in the community around the intersection of photography and health care.”

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