Expired: Nasca Ceramics
The Nasca may be best remembered for the eponymous monumental lines depicting mythical beings or animals that they created on their desert landscape. However, these ancestors of the Inca were also exceptionally fine potters. Unlike for their neighbors, the Moche, for the Nasca there was little in the way of unusual forms or subtle renderings of personalized portraits. Instead, they produced an incredible variety of vivid and sparkling colors rendered infinely slipped terracotta. In an easily identifiable style of graphic rendering, Nasca iconography includes animals, hybrid beings, human figures, and codified monsters, all rendered on the smooth ochre-colored surface of the pottery. The visual language with which they are rendered provides an open window for identifying and understanding the myths and beliefs of this people, who still have countless secrets to reveal to us. On display at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography at Harvard University, an exhibition exploring the Nasca will be presented throughout the coming summer. It parallels the Arts of War, an exhibition that presents an array of weapons from all parts of the world, intended to highlight how these extraordinary pieces are, for some, far more than weapons.
Expired: Coco Fronsac & King
An encounter between two artists with a fascination for other places: In her work, Coco Fronsac jubilantly scatters old photos of masks and traditional non-European objects, and mixes them in with imaginary creatures. A surrealist marriage of familiar ghosts and exotic strangeness is the result. King, a young ceramicist of Franco-Beninois descent, finds inspiration both in Japan, where he was trained, and in his animist Benin roots. These sources give his work an energetic and refined feeling, one which is imbued with great spiritual power. To be seen during Parcours des Mondes.
Expired: Revealing Creation: The Science and Art of Ancient Maya Ceramics
A new long-term installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will examine ancient Maya ceramic production as both art and science, highlighting how artists of this important Mesoamerican culture worked to emulate acts of primordial creation through their labor of shaping, painting, and firing clay. Revealing Creation: The Science and Art of Ancient Maya Ceramics draws on collaborative research by LACMA’s Conservation Center and its Art of the Ancient Americas Program to integrate new insights gained from technical analysis of Maya ceramic vessels with academic knowledge from Maya culture. The new imaging produced by this research reveals vessel composition, pigment chemistry, and modern modifications. Select images will be juxtaposed with the actual objects in the gallery, inviting visitors to view inside these vessels as a way to come closer to the hands—and worlds—of the remarkable artists who created them.
Expired: ReCollecting Dogon
During the twentieth century, the society and visual culture of people living along the steep, rocky Bandiagara Escarpment in present-day Mali captured the imagination of Europeans and Americans. The Dogon are internationally celebrated for their surreal masks, deftly carved figural sculptures, iconic architecture, and rich cosmology. ReCollecting Dogon showcases more than twenty-five examples of artistry from the Bandiagara region acquired by John and Dominique de Menil during the mid twentieth century, as well as antique and contemporary objects from a variety of other sources. The sculptures, masks, necklaces, and other works not only suggest the significance of art to daily life among Dogon peoples, they evoke formidable legacies of colonialism and the limitations of representing Dogon peoples through objects collected by and for foreigners. Curated by Paul R. Davis, ReCollecting Dogon strives to destabilize the authority of ethnographic display.
Expired: La Condition Humaine
"La Condition Humaine", the exhibit presented by Dandrieu-Giovagnoni gallery for Parcours des Mondes 2018, presents variations on the subject of the representation of the human being, presented through a rich assortment of portrayals of ancestors, masks, and antique African statues. The core of the exhibition is composed of three important representations of women: a Bambara figure with angular lines and a dark patina, an Ambete sculpture of extremely pure form and covered with white pigment and bearing a reliquary on its back, and an important and very old Loma statue. A significant group of masks complements and enriches the gamut of expressive forms and styles.
Expired: First Things
The Museum für Völkerkunde in Hamburg is taking a look at its past. Beginning on September 12, 2018, it will present a group of objects that were identified on an inventory list that dates to 1867. With increasing frequency nowadays, museums of non-European art are reexamining their own beginnings as they endeavor to reconstruct their history and that of their holdings and through that determine the legitimacy of their institutions. In addition to this, the show will also be an opportunity to retrace the history of the city itself, which is closely linked to donors, the formation of collections, and inspirations derived from the international trade that has long been a hallmark of Hamburg.
Expired: Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances
Depuis le début de l’humanité, les peuples du monde ont modifié leur conscience avec d’innombrables substances à base de plantes. Ils l’ont fait pour de nombreuses raisons, qui vont du plaisir à la santé, en passant par la cérémonie, avec des effets tour à tour nocifs ou bénins, sans conséquence ou profonds. Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances au Hearst Museum examine la dynamique sociale et économique complexe à l’oeuvre derrière dix drogues psychotropes. Dans le monde entier, les peuples autochtones ont utilisé des plantes psychotropes, et les moyens de contrôle exercés par les puissances coloniales ont influencé la façon dont ces psychotropes allaient migrer dans le monde entier, seraient utilisés et désormais considérés dans un contexte mondial. Provenant de la collection permanente du Hearst Museum, cette exposition met en lumière l’incroyable gamme d’outils dont disposent les peuples pour traiter, consommer et transporter des substances psychotropes. L’exposition sera visible jusqu’au 15 décembre 2019.
Expired: African Masterpieces
More than 60 of the world's best international dealers specializing in tribal arts, reunite in Paris for the 12th annual edition of the leading event in its field. Most of the Exhibitors present thematic exhibitions as Beauty Salon from the Maine Durieu gallery, dedicated to objects of head- dressing and finery, jewelry and ornaments from Africa, Asia and Oceania, illustrating the ancestral passion for enhancing the body. The exhibition Portraits of Oceania from Michael Evans Tribal Art provides a fine collection of 19th century photographs on the daily life and traditions of Australian aborigines and the Maoris of New Zealand. And then there is the exhibition from the gallery of Laurent Dodier, who after pulling off a great success in 2011 with spoons originating from British Columbia, is now rounding off his trilogy with what sounds like a promising exhibition of 40 objects from Melanesia and Polynesia.
Expired: Initiation, bassin du Congo
"The Initiated: Congo Basin" is an homage to the material and immaterial richness of the initiation rituals of the peoples of Central Africa. Visitors will have the opportunity to admire major pieces from the Musée Royal d’Afrique Centrale in Tervuren. As it always does, the museum wants these older works to resonate with contemporary art, so it will simultaneously host an exhibition of creations by Romuald Hazoumé, whose well-known “masques-bidon,” or “jerrican masks,” represent both a continuation and a fertile reinvention of African traditions.
Expired: Indiens des plaines
"Plains Indians" at the Musée du Quai Branly as from Tuesday April 9 until Sunday July 20. The exhibition consists of 140 objects and artworks which present a continuous view of the aesthetic traditions of the Plains Indians, from the 16th to the 20th century, offering an unprecedented vision of these traditions.