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.
One of a Kind
Featuring jewelry, body ornaments and a collection of knitted and crocheted wire hanging flowers and sea creatures by internationally-renowned artist, Arline Fisch.
An intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery featuring a selection of shadow puppets from Indonesia.
Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei's Collection
Part of the Getty Center-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this exhibition offers the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Museum’s significant holdings of objects used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico, Central and South America.
Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.