Opening next weekend
April 1 - September 17, 2006
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
This exhibition will explore the relationship between social life and artistic expression since the nineteenth century in one of the most important art-producing regions of Papua New Guinea. It includes over sixty magnificent art objects from the Hood's own important Franklin Family Collection and select other collections, including ancestor boards, masks, drums, skull racks, and personal items. It will examine the effects of colonialism on artistic production, the relationship between patterns of collecting and interpretations of art and culture in the Papuan Gulf, and the variation of styles among differing social structures and cultural practices.
A lecture, reception, and symposium will be held in conjunction with the opening of this exhibition at the Hood Museum.
Opening Lecture and Reception
March 31, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
His Excellency Evan J. Paki, Ambassador of Papua New Guinea to the United States of America
COAXING THE SPIRITS TO DANCE
Robert L. Welsch, Visiting Professor of Anthropology and curator of the exhibition. A reception hosted by the Friends of Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art will follow in Kim Gallery.
SYMPOSIUM: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea
April 1, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
This symposium brings together experts from the United States, Great Britain, and Papua New Guinea to explore the relationship between social life and artistic expression since the nineteenth century in one of the most important art-producing regions of Papua New Guinea.
Brian Kennedy, Director
Robert L. Welsch, Visiting Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College
Virginia-Lee Webb, Research Curator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sebastian Haraha, Senior Technical Officer, Department of Anthropology, Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery
Joshua A. Bell, Assistant Professor, Sainsbury Institute, University of East Anglia
Kaia Rove, Local Level Government Councillor, Baimuru District, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
Terence Hays, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Rhode Island College
Moderator: Nick Stanley, Director of Research and Chair
of Postgraduate Studies, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, University of Central England
Coaxing the Spirits to Dance will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, on view from October 24, 2006 through September 2, 2007.