Coastal Connections: A Mini-Symposium
Ceremonial cloth (tampan), 2nd half of the 19th century, Indonesia, Sumatra. Cotton; supplementary-weft weave, 104.1 x 88.9 cm (41 x 35 in.). Gift of Wells Fargo Bank, 1987.37.1
February 9, 2017,
This mini-symposium — the eighth in our annual series — will explore the artistic connections created through trade along coastal maritime routes and between far reaching shores. Intrepid voyagers have long used water as a highway to access new land and resources. These explorations have initiated encounters between diverse communities and have encouraged the dissemination of regional imagery, materials, and techniques. This mini-symposium will gather four leading museum professionals to discuss cross-cultural influences and stylistic innovations that have resulted from migrations, explorations, and trade in Oceania and the Americas.
Keeper of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, British Museum, London
Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Assistant Curator, Museum Tekstil Jakarta
Lecturer, World Arts and Culture, UCLA; Senior Museum Scholar, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York