Sunday, May 20, 2007
Coaxing the Spirits to Dance:
Art of the Papuan Gulf
Noted scholars present a series of lectures about the traditional sculpture of the Papuan Gulf and the photographs that chronicle it. Topics include new discoveries about the Museum’s rare photographs, the ways in which these images form visual biographies of the objects,
and how they expand our knowledge of the history of art and photography in the Pacific.
10:30 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
His Excellency Evan J. Paki, Ambassador of Papua New Guinea to the United States of America
11:00 Art Forms across the Papuan Gulf
Robert L. Welsch, Visiting Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College, and Adjunct Curator of Anthropology, The Field Museum
11:30 Papuan Gulf Art and the National Museum
Sebastine Haraha, Senior Technical Officer, Department of Anthropology, National Museum and Art Gallery of Papua New Guinea
12:00 Break for lunch
1:30 In Situ: Photographs of Art in the Papuan Gulf
Virginia-Lee Webb, Research Curator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
2:00 Creating Images: Frank Hurley and the Australian Museum’s Collections
from the Gulf of Papua
Jim Specht, Senior Fellow, Australian Museum
2:30 The Mythic Camera of Frank Hurley (2004)
Directed by Simon Nasht (53 min.)
3:30 A Century After Outsiders Came to Visit: Life in the Purari Delta Today
Kaia Rove, Local Level Government Councillor of Ward 14, Baimuru District, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
4:00 Canoes, Carvings, and the Ancestors: Fluid Forms of the Purari Delta of
Papua New Guinea
Joshua A. Bell, Lecturer in Arts of the Pacific, Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, University of East Anglia
Free with Museum admission; tickets and reservations are not required. For more information, please consult the Museum's online Calendar at www.metmuseum.org,
call (212) 396-5460, or contact [email protected]
This symposium is made possible by The Billy Rose Foundation, Inc.
The exhibition Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art of the Papuan Gulf is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art until December 2, 2007.
The exhibition is made possible by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.
It was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Programs occur in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.