Master of Puppets 

The natural history museum makes like Geppeto.

Dozens of ancient puppets and masks are on display in Preserving Tradition in Wayang at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Wayang is Southeast Asia's traditional puppet theater; the exhibit focuses on artifacts specific to Indonesia, including wayang kulit, which are two-dimensional figures attached to long sticks. Since illumination brings them to life, they're basically shadow puppets that can be operated just about anywhere. Also on view: three-dimensional wayang golek, which feature controlling rods that run the length of the puppets, and wooden masks used in time-honored dance ceremonies.
Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Aug. 8. Continues through Dec. 5

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