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ARTE: LIFE, DEATH AND TRANSFORMATION IN THE AMERICAS AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM

Thursday, August 8, 2013 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 10:56 AM



Coclé artist. Plaque with Crocodile Deity, circa 700–900. Sitio Conte, Coclé Province, Panama. Gold, 9 x 8 1/2 in. (22.9 x 21.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1931, Museum Collection Fund, 33.448.12
Life, Death, and Transformation in the Americas presents over one hundred masterpieces from the Museum’s permanent Arts of the Americas collection, exemplifying the concept of transformation as part of the spiritual beliefs and practice of the region's indigenous peoples, past and present. Themes of life, death, fertility, and regeneration are explored through pre-Columbian and historical artworks, including many pieces that are rarely on display. Highlights include the Huastec Life-Death Figure, the Kwakwaka’wakw Thunderbird Transformation Mask, and two eight-foot-tall, nineteenth-century Heiltsuk House Postsmade to support the huge beams of a great Northwest Coast plank house. Other featured objects include Hopi and Zuni kachinas, masks from throughout the Americas, Mexica (Aztec) and Maya sculptures, and ancient Andean textiles including the two-thousand-year-old Paracas Textile, which illustrates the way in which early cultures of Peru’s South Coast envisioned their relationship with nature and the supernatural realm.
* Life, Death, and Transformation in the Americas > Long Term Installation > Brooklyn Museum > Americas.


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