Spirit and Identity: Melanesian Works from the Hofstra University Museum Collections
Curated by Collections Manager Kristy L. Caratzola, this original exhibition showcases, for the first time, an extraordinary aspect of the HUM collections. The exhibit offers a range of ethnographic artworks and objects created by members of the distinct regional communities of the South Pacific. The selected works feature ancestral figures, ceremonial masks, warrior shields, and ritualized practical objects crafted from natural materials sourced from sacred sites within the territory of each individual culture. The exhibit also includes sophisticated wooden sculptures carved and painted by revered artists, which serve to express complex ideological beliefs through stylized human and animal forms complemented with colorful, abstract geometric designs. The vital connection between humans and ancestral spirits and their active role in providing guidance and protection are essential concepts shared among many Oceanic cultures and are defining characteristics of Melanesian art. Additional exhibition funding has been provided by Astoria Federal Savings.
Spirit and Identity: Melanesian Works from the Hofstra University Museum Collections is on view from February 18-August 29, 2014.
HUM David Filderman Gallery
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer 2014 (May 13-August 29) Exhibition Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Noon-4 p.m.
Galleries are also closed on major holidays and during Hofstra University recesses.
Oceanic, Melanesian, Iatmul peoples, Papua New Guinea,
Suspension Hook, c. 1950s, Wood, pigment, cowrie shells,
17.25 x 6 x 2 in., Hofstra University Museum Collections,
Gift of Cedric H. Marks, HU 73.82
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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