PRECOLUMBIAN FLORA AND FAUNA included ancient and contemporary Mesoamerican sculptures in stone, ceramic, jade and wood. On loan from thirty-one museums and private collections, these objects express man’s symbolic use of natural forms.

The exhibition was funded in part by The California Arts Council, the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, Mingei International Corporate Associates and Mingei International’s Director’s Circle.

The Mingei International documentary publication, The Mingei International documentary publication, PRE-COLUMBIAN FLORA AND FAUNA: Continuity of Plant and Animal Themes in Mesoamerican Art, was authored by Dr. Peterson and Judith Strupp Green.


On View: Sep 16, 1990 - Feb 17, 1991

Curator: Jeannette Favrot Peterson

More Exhibitions


Indonesian Shadow Puppets

An intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery featuring a selection of shadow puppets from Indonesia.

July 19, 2017 - March 18, 2018Closes soon



Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal

Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.

October 28, 2017 - March 25, 2018Closes soon


Weaving a Path

Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos

December 9, 2017 - May 20, 2018


Voluminous Art

Treasures from San Diego's University Libraries

March 10, 2018 - September 3, 2018