Expired: Royals & Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs
Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs at the Newark Museum presents forty visually stunning portraits from a new series by acclaimed Nigerian photographer George Osodi. Exhibited for the first time in the U.S., these vibrant color photographs feature the regional rulers of modern-day monarchies throughout the country. They provide audiences with a rare and intimate look inside Nigeria’s palaces and throne rooms, capturing the personalities of the rulers, the splendor of their dress, and the details of their settings. On view until August 9, 2015, these near life-size photographs are shown to dramatic effect along with select examples of prestige dress and regalia from the museum’s renowned collection. This exhibition kicks off a two-year celebration of the museum’s collecting of African art. A major reinstallation is targeted for completion in 2017, the centennial year of the museum’s African art collection.
Expired: Shifting patterns: Pacific barkcloth clothing
"Shifting patterns: Pacific barkcloth clothing" will be on view at the British Museum until August 16, 2015. Given the almost nine hundred examples it has in its collection, most of which are very old, the museum had the wherewithal to be selective for this project. Shifting Patterns: Pacific Barkcloth Clothing features seventy-seven examples of clothing, headgear, masks, and ornaments from New Guinea to Easter Island, by way of Hawaii and New Zealand. The show’s curators place emphasis on the objects’ traditional social and cultural contexts but also examine how more recent developments associated with colonization have altered their forms and uses.
Expired: Music: Celebration and healing
The British Museum is offering its visitors the opportunity to learn about an extraordinary musical instrument, a nineteenth-century North Sudanese lyre, know as a kissar. On display through August 16 in Room 3, this instrument was a major component of a musical ensemble that played on important occasions and thus was a vital part of the rich Nubian culture that spread across parts of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt. Its melodies were intended to induce a trance state that allowed possession by zär spirits. Today such instruments still play a central part in ceremonies, which are now held in secret, since they have been outlawed in many places.
Expired: Whitehawk Antiques Shows 2015
The Whitehawk Shows have been a Santa Fe tradition for 37 years. Called "the granddaddy of them all" by Maine Antique Digest's Alice Kaufman, these amazing shows offer something for everyone. Each show boasts over 100 dealers and features merchandise not seen anywhere else. The 31st Annual Ethnographic Art Show starts with a opening night party on Thursday Aug. 13th from 6-9pm. The show continues from Friday, Aug. 14th - Saturday, Aug. 15th from 10am - 5pm. daily. The 37th Annual Antique Indian Art Show follows with an Opening Night Party on Sunday, Aug. 16th from 6pm - 9pm. The show continues Monday, Aug. 17th - Tuesday, Aug. 18th from 10am - 5pm.
Expired: Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories
The museum’s inaugural textile exhibition is the largest in its history. Unraveling Identity will unite textiles from across cultures to explore expressions of individual, cultural, political, and social identity throughout the ages. Featuring more than one hundred pieces that span 2,000 years and five continents, this exhibition will showcase the Textile Museum’s world-renowned historic collections augmented by key loans of contemporary art textiles and fashion. It will be on view from March 21–August 24, 2015.
Expired: Arts of Côte d'Ivoire
Ramatuelle—Once again this year, Galerie Afrique is organizing a thematic exhibition for the summer, this time on the arts of Côte d’Ivoire, which will be seen from July 1 through August 28. The main style areas— Baule, Senufo, Bete, Kulango, and Lobi—will each be represented by at least one work, providing a good overview of the diversity of this West African region’s traditional sculptural styles. The gallery will also collaborate with the city of Ramatuelle on the staging of a second exhibition, this one on African musical instruments, which will be on view from July 8 through July 24.
Expired: Arts du Nigeria revisités
Without aspiring to cover exhaustively the cultural production of Nigeria across the two millennia of its history, the Barbier-Mueller collection is very rich in several respects. Faithful to chronological continuity, it provides a sample of the production of the major cultural centers of Nigeria, shedding light on archaeological pieces from Nok, Katsina, and Sokoto, works from Ife and the kingdom of Benin, and Yoruba, Ijo, and Igbo objects, as well as items from the Cross River and the Benue Valley. By virtue of their rarity, certain pieces in the collection constitute “monuments” of African art. Others, by their emblematic force, are among its great “classics.” The exhibition sets out to present these objects, including several displayed here for the first time, highlighting their aesthetic quality even while explaining, by means of the catalogue, the ethnographic context of their production and use.
Expired: Giant Masks from the Congo
While working in the Belgian Congo, Jesuit missionaries also carried out ethnographic research and collected objects. The historical and cultural context of this endeavour introduces this exhibit, which features a set of masks used during the mukanda male initiation rite among the Yaka and the Suku. These masks are remarkable in their exceptional form and design. Most of these pieces have never before been seen in public or in print. The first part of the exhibit describes the work of the Jesuits in the Kwango mission and provides the portrait of several Jesuit collectors. The RMCA holds a large collection from the former Jesuit missionary museum in Heverlee in trust. The RMCA holds the large collection from the former Jesuit missionary museum in Heverlee in trust and is in charge of its conservation, archiving, restoration, and scientific analysis. The second part presents the mukanda rite among the Yaka and Suku, as well as a few neighbouring groups. The main part of the exhibit shows a series of masks used during initiation rituals. Pieces from the Heverlee collections are complemented with pieces from the collections of the RMCA. A companion catalogue contextualises the pieces on display and provides more detailed discussion of some complex themes. The exhibit is a collaboration of the Royal Museum of Central Africa, the Society of Jesus, BELvue Museum, and the King Baudouin Foundation. With the support of the National Lottery.
Expired: Tribal Art London 2015
The “tribal art season” is opening in London. From September 2–5, Tribal Art London will be held at the venerable Mall Galleries with nineteen international participants specialized in the non-European arts, including four new ones: Gallery Lemaire from Amsterdam and Handbury Tribal Art, Kenn MacKay, and Sabine & Anderson from the UK. Well-known Oceanic art dealer Wayne Heathcote will also return to the show this year.
Expired: Making Monuments
The gigantic Rapa Nui stone statues known as moai are certainly among the world’s most fascinating and well-known archaeological objects. Making Monuments on Rapa Nui, a new temporary exhibition at the Manchester Museum, takes a fresh look at these colossal monuments. The imposing stone figures, ranging between two and twenty-four meters high and weighing as much as a hundred tons, have long been shrouded in mystery. How could people have transported these giant stone slabs, often over distances in excess of a thousand meters, without modern equipment? Archaeologist Colin Richard, professor at the University of Manchester, uses Making Monuments to debunk myths around those gigantic figures. In the exhibition, Richard also examines the role that the stone giants played in the lives of the people who made them and explains contemporary theories on the decline of the island’s population. The exhibition also looks at pukao, the red tuff coifs that may weigh several tons and are perched atop the heads of some of the moai. As part of the show, the museum will present one of the basalt behemoths, Moai Hava, which was brought to Great Britain in 1868 and is on loan to Manchester from the British Museum.