Pre-Columbian—this almost-magical word evokes exotic images of eras and peoples tantalizingly near to us geographically, but distinct from us culturally. Pre-Columbian refers among others to the Olmec, Toltec and Aztec nations of Mexico and Central America and the Inca of Peru. The many marvelous objects that have survived from the great civilizations of the Western and Southern Hemispheres tantalize us with their stylized forms, their earthy colors and the histories they evoke. The unusual Pre-Columbian objects on view offer further charm because of their tiny size. Accompanying them are contemporary Mexican folk art objects of daily life that carry into the present what is clearly an ancient fascination with the miniature.
An intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery featuring a selection of shadow puppets from Indonesia.
Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.