Current Exhibitions

Spirits-and-Headhunters-Art-of-the-Pacific-Islands

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Experience exquisite masterpieces and dynamic objects from the vast and diverse Pacific Islands in this special exhibition guest curated by Chris Rainier.

Photographer Chris Rainier guest curates this exhibition of art from the South Pacific.

Spanning the geographic region collectively referred to as Oceania, this comprehensive exhibition highlights masterworks from the three cultural regions of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia. Particular focus is placed on New Guinea, land of the headhunter, and the rich artistic traditions infused into daily and ritual life. Submerge into a visually stunning world and come face to face with larger-than-life masks, finely crafted feast bowls, objects associated with the secretive Sepik River men’s house, beautiful shell and feather currency, magic figures and tools of the shaman, objects related to seagoing trade routes, gorgeous personal adornments, weapons of warfare and the most precious of human trophies taken in retribution.

Watch this video taken by Bowers President Peter Keller on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea that features the Fire Dance Mask Festival. Several of the large spirit masks seen in this performance were collected on behalf of the museum and can be viewed in the Spirits and Headhunters exhibition.


Upcoming Events

Jul 07
Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Start at: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Docents in the galleries of Spirits and Headhunters for tales of the South Pacific during our Summer Storytelling program.Folktales...

Jul 14
Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Start at: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Docents in the galleries of Spirits and Headhunters for tales of the South Pacific during our Summer Storytelling program.Folktales...

Jul 21
Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Start at: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Docents in the galleries of Spirits and Headhunters for tales of the South Pacific during our Summer Storytelling program.Folktales...

Jul 28
Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Start at: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Docents in the galleries of Spirits and Headhunters for tales of the South Pacific during our Summer Storytelling program.Folktales...

Aug 04
Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Start at: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Docents in the galleries of Spirits and Headhunters for tales of the South Pacific during our Summer Storytelling program.Folktales...

Aug 11
Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Start at: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Docents in the galleries of Spirits and Headhunters for tales of the South Pacific during our Summer Storytelling program.Folktales...

Aug 18
Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Start at: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Docents in the galleries of Spirits and Headhunters for tales of the South Pacific during our Summer Storytelling program.Folktales...

Aug 25
Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Storytelling in Spirits and Headhunters

Start at: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Docents in the galleries of Spirits and Headhunters for tales of the South Pacific during our Summer Storytelling program.Folktales...