“Mascots! Mask Performance in the 21st Century” runs through Feb. 11 at the University of Connecticut’s Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry.
The exhibit features more than a dozen college and commercial mascot costumes, including the San Diego Chicken and the Boston Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster.
Displays also explain how the costumes are made and advancements in costume cooling technologies.
John Bell, the museum’s director, says the exhibit shows the place of masked performance art in popular culture.
Ted Giannoulas, the San Diego Chicken, says he hopes it also brings a greater appreciation to mascots as performance artists.
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