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Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia

November 2, 2012 through March 24, 2013
Focus Gallery

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Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia will provide visitors a chance to experience the connections between art and ritual in the lives of Indonesians through objects created for a range of uses. Rituals remain an integral part of everyday life in many regions of Indonesia, and objects such as finely woven textiles and elegantly prepared knives carry great significance in both ceremony and performance. This exhibition will illuminate those meanings along with a focus on the extraordinary craftsmanship embedded in each object.

Image: Tampan (Ceremonial Cloth), Indonesia, Sumatra, Lampong district, late 19th century, Cotton, silk, metallic threads, natural dyes, Gift of the Hon. And Mrs. Jack Lydman, 1991.47.91

Related Programs

Art and Coffee
Friday, November 9, 3 p.m.
Curatorial staff introduce and lead discussion on selected objects in this exhibition. Complimentary coffee provided by Starbucks.

Silk Road Storytime
Saturday, December 1, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.
Children and families of all ages are welcome for tales of Indonesia, followed by a fun craft and snacks. Free and open to the public.

Free Family Festival
Sunday, March 17, 12-4 p.m.
Enjoy free admission to all the galleries, crafts, demonstrations and performances celebrating Indonesian art and culture.