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Curators Lecture with Paul Davis on Art of the Pacific Islands

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 – Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Vanuatu Figure Slit Drum, credit Paul Hester

Ni-Vanuatu peoples, Slit Gong (Atingting kon), 19th or 20th century. Ambrym or Malekula Island, Vanuatu. Wood, 108 × 16 ¼ × 17 inches (274.3 × 41.3 × 43.2 cm). The Menil Collection, Houston. Photo: Paul Hester.

The Pacific Ocean and its more than 20,000 islands comprise one of the most expansive and culturally diverse regions of artistic production in the world. On the islands Ambrym and Malakula, Ni-Vanuatu peoples make monumental, brightly-colored figures and instruments to accompany important ceremonies.

Please join Curator of Collections Paul R. Davis for a conversation about these powerful works from the Vanuatu archipelago.


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