Expired: New Worlds
Located on the French coast just south of Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer has traditionally been a town of seafarers and adventurers, and its fine museum collection has been enriched over time by the donations that many of these colorful figures have made to it. Nouveaux Mondes (New Worlds), on view until September 21, honors these donors, who, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, traveled the world’s seas in search of unknown lands and peoples. The exhibition focuses on the voyages themselves (the risks involved in these expeditions, the ships, and life on board them), as well as on the influences and cultural pressures associated with them (evangelization, the evolution of beliefs, and the transformation of styles), and it decrypts the notion of the “savage,” which these travelers brought home to Europe with them and related to their countrymen. With more than 130 objects including drawings, travel journals, paintings, maps, and traditional indigenous sculptures, drawn from Boulogne-sur-Mer collections, as well as from those of many other French museums, the exhibition provides an opportunity to consider the legacy of these expeditions, which helped build Western understanding of the world and the peoples in it.
Expired: Missionaries and Idols in Polynesia
An exhibition currently at the Brunei Gallery of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London documents the early years of the London Missionary Society (LMS), from its formation in 1795 until around 1825, the time of its initial “success” in central Polynesia, a triangle in the Pacifi c encompassing the Society Islands, the Cooks, and the Australs. The fi rst half of the exhibition shows forty archival items—paintings, engravings, prints, books, imprints, and a miniature “peep show”—that together illustrate the formation of the LMS, the missionaries themselves, the voyage of the missionary ship Duff, and the society’s Missionary Museum in London. The second half of the exhibition, in the words of missionary Rev. John Williams, puts on view an “ocular demonstration” of forty idols and non-idol artifacts that the LMS missionaries collected and sent back to their headquarters.
Expired: Brussels Art Square
On September 25 and 26, the Sablon neighborhood of Brussels will be home to the Brussels Art Square (BAS), an art show that has been held annually since 2005. The focus of the event is to raise awareness of the neighborhood’s central activity, which has been ongoing since the nineteenth century—the art and antiques trade. About fi fty local dealers with specialties in a variety of disciplines will be participating. Of these, Joaquin Pecci, Serge Schoffel, and Patrick and Ondine Mestdagh (whose show will also feature Japanese art) will be presenting tribal art. For the second time, the BAS will host galleries from a particular invited country. Last year it was the United Kingdom and this year it will be Spain. Twelve galleries are coming from there, including Galerie Guilhem Montagut, which is well known to African art afi cionados. BERBER
Expired: Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century
An exhibition currently at the Heard Museum looks at Isletan history from the residents’ perspective, particularly focusing on the lasting effects of nineteenthcentury changes on their lives today. Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century uses historic photographs and a variety of other media to tell the story of the pueblo and its evolution. It opens with a look at the cycle of the traditional year as it was observed in the mid-nineteenth century and then traces the arrival of the Americans, the ways this influx disrupted the Isleta way of life, and how the Isleta people fought changes and eventually “learned to become members of America on our own terms.” The final part examines the historic photographs as products of white culture, exploring the underlying ideas and values, asking “what kind of record they truly represent of our people and our ways.” Time Exposures will be on view until September 27, 2015.
Galerie Lucas Ratton is showing a trans-cultural thematic exhibition on animals this year. While it focuses mainly on Africa, it will also include a selection of Asian, Oceanic and Amerindian pieces. Magical and prestige objects which embody the mythical and protective roles of animals will be seen alongside a group Tyiwara in various styles, and anthropo-zoomorphic masks by the hands of masters. / Lucas Ratton perpetuates a family tradition of gallery owners with a specialty in African art, a tradition of taste for objects, in which the gallery owner’s point of view plays a preponderant role. The objects selected for presentation must meet very exacting criteria.
Expired: Dance of the Ancestors Art from the Sepik of Papua New Guinea
To see in Berlin and in Zurich. The Sepik Riverbanks, in New Guinea, are populated by small cultural groups who, for the most part, live with little or no contact with one another. The heterogeneity of these groups is apparent when one considers their languages: Along the middle and lower courses of the river alone, at least ninety different tongues are spoken. Dance of the Ancestors: Art from the Sepik of Papua New Guinea, the Musée du Quai Branly’s exhibition, produced in association with the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin and the Rietberg Museum in Zurich, focuses on this region. Just as the languages do, the objects from this region reflect the diversity of local identities. Philippe Peltier of the Musée du Quai Branly and Markus Schindlbeck of the Berlin Ethnologisches Museum, the exhibition’s curators, have assembled 220 objects, all from European museums and for the most part collected prior to World War I, with the intention of making the show more than just an art exhibition, but a tribute to the wealth and diversity of these cultures, as well as a key for understanding their lifestyles and their complex social organization.
Expired: American Dream – Ancient Arts of North America
“We are part fire, and part dream.” - Fire Dog, Cheyenne Indian From the glacial lands of the Arctic to the shores of the Rio Grande by way of the Great Plains, the vastness of North America is the cradle of cultures imbued with power and spirituality. This exhibition presents fifty works which are representative of the traditional Amerindian and Eskimo arts, and most notably includes a Sioux warrior’s headdress, ancient Hopi Kachinas, Northwest Coast Indian transformation masks, and shamanic works from Alaska. An eponymous catalog accompanies the exhibition. Exhibits and resides 8, rue des Beaux-Arts. www.parcoursdesmondes.com
Expired: Gold of the Ancient Americas
Gold of the Ancient Americas showcases more than 50 artifacts, including cast animal pendants, a hammered gold disc, beaded necklaces and nose ornaments made by the indigenous peoples of the ancient Americas from Peru to Panama. The exhibition explores the Walters’ collection of gold ornaments crafted in Central and South America between AD 500 and 1500, alongside gifts to the collection from several generous donors. A mix of art and science, the exhibition tells the story of ancient societies through their use of gold as a symbol of power, wealth, and privilege, and highlights the making of gold objects by ancient American goldsmiths before the Spanish conquest.
Expired: Tatoueurs tatoués
New exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly on view as from May 6th. "Tattooists, tattooed" returns to the sources of tattooing and presents the renewed of this phenomenon in its now permanent and globalised manifestation. In so-called "primitive" societies from the Oriental, African and Oceanian worlds, tattooing has a social, religious and mystical role and accompanies the subject in their rites of passage, including them in the community. Conversely, in the West, they have been seen as a mark of infamy, criminality, a circus attraction (with the phenomenon of side shows) and as a mark of identity for urban tribes.
Expired: Frieze Masters 2015
For its fourth anniversary, this dynamic and increasingly popular show will be host to more than 130 galleries, all outstanding in their fields, featuring archaeological objects, mediaeval art, Asian art, tribal art, photography, and modern painting, all of a level of quality aimed at satisfying the most discriminating collectors. Among the participants are Entwistle Gallery (London and Paris) and Galerie Meyer Oceanic and Eskimo Art (Paris). The latter will be celebrating its thirty-fifth year in business with an exhibition primarily devoted to Polynesian weapons and the arts of New Guinea. Donald Ellis (New York) will also be present with a show of Eskimo art. Didier Claes (Brussels), showing at Frieze Masters for the first time, will certainly stand out with a booth designed by René Bouchara, in which he will present a limited number of important works. Bernard Dulon (Paris) has also announced that he will participate in the fair with an exhibition devoted to the art of the masters of Southern Gabon, as has Bernard de Grunne, who will present a group of Dayak hampatong figures in “Collections,” a new section of the show in which curator Norman Rosenthal has selected eight participants whose displays offer a synthesis of art forms that have developed over the course of several millennia.