2020 LECTURES AND EXHIBITS
Special Preview of REVERENCE
February 21, 2020 in the events area
For only the second time, a new short film “Reverence” starring Kapono Aluli Souza, will be shown to the public on the opening night of the San Francisco Tribal and Textile Show. The independent film produced by Hawaii Film + Arts International is set in pre-contact Hawaiʻi, and tells the story of one warrior’s journey and his deep love for his chief. Based on moʻolelo of the final resting places of the great chiefs of Hawaiʻi, this film reflects a deep reverence for life entrusting one warrior with the sacred act of hiding his beloved chief’s bones. To ensure they would never be found, he traveled in secret.
The Casspir Project: Ralph Ziman artist,
Rendon Gallery, Sat & Sun 2pm
Ralph Ziman born in 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently living and working in Los Angeles, California, created The Casspir Project, a multimedia presentation featuring SPOEK-1, an eleven ton Casspir military vehicle covered in 70 million glass beads designed in collaboration with artisans from Zimbabwe and the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Ziman will speak about the project and the conversation he hopes it will provoke.
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Variations on a Loom: the J.B. Moore Collection: Robert & Anne Smith, Sat & Sun 3pm
Shown for the first time, this is the private collection of Robert and Anne Smith and will include more than 45 examples of Navajo weavings produced through the J.B. Moore Crystal Trading Post during the early 1900s. J.B. Moore produced mail-order catalogs featuring hand-woven Navajo rugs that incorporated Oriental motifs into the traditional indigenous designs. The variations seen in the finished textiles reflect the weavers' cultural and artistic contribution.
Anthony Meyer, Tribal Art: Past, Present, & Future Sat 12:30
Internationally recognized expert, author, teacher and an exhibitor in many of the world's greatest art fairs, notably TEFAF in Maastricht, Frieze Masters in London, and Parcours des Mondes in Paris.
Meyer traces the emergence of tribal materials as an art form, beginning with the first encounters of the European explorers with the source cultures of Africa, Oceania and the Americas in the 15th century, the appearance of the Cabinets of Curiosities formed largely by members of the upper class, and the advent of the collectors, dealers and museums who have played a significant role in the history and development of the Tribal Art Market. Meyer will discuss the Future of tribal art as an art form, a cultural signifier, and a viable market option as it is being tested today by social movements and unprecedented government policies and regulations. The lecture will be supported by relevant images from the past to the present.
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Thomas Murray will discuss his book: Rarities, the Himalayas to Hawaii, Sun 1pm
The great migrations of peoples, languages and cultures bring fascinating archaeological, linguistic, genetic, anthropological and artistic insights. Certain recurring iconographic themes demonstrate how connected our shared human experience truly is, and how archetypes may be identified and tracked across great distances, whether by a process of cultural diffusion or as subliminal products of the shared collective unconscious. This book takes up those questions and contemplates the nature of aesthetic quality, religious philosophy, and the relation between art and the human condition.
Marc Assayag Book Signing:
The Stars Are Eyes, A New Perspective on the Art of Abelam
When: Saturday 4pm, Sunday 12pm
Where: In the garden
See the book and meet the author ahead of the exhibit at the Musee Intl du Carnaval et du Masque, in Binche, Belgium opening in April.
The Stars are Eyes presents the art of Abelam in an entirely new perspective. While on the surface appearing to be a display of a masking tradition practiced by this remote culture, the book reveals the way in which peoples from different areas of the world not only communicate using different verbal languages, they also do so visually.
The masks of the Abelam, first introduced to the "outside" world some six decades ago, have hitherto always been viewed through Western eyes through Western rules of vision. However, they were not produced using these rules. They were produced by a people having a vastly different set of visual rules.
This disconnect has resulted in a visual ''mistranslation'' that has persisted for more than sixty years.
Because of this blind spot, major components of Abelam art have been imperceptible to the Western eye. Until this day, they remained hidden in plain sight, despite being present and totally apparent to those who know how to look at the artworks.
2019 SPECIAL EXHIBITS & EVENTS
FIJI- Art and Life in the Pacific
A Preview of Objects from LACMA’s Fall Exhibition
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African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent with Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher
From the Bower Museum, Santa Ana, CA
Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher bring their stunning photography exhibition to the 2019 Tribal show.
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LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING
TEXTILES OF JAPAN
Saturday, February 9th 3:30pm