The Decorated World: Asmat Art and Daily Life

American Museum of Asmat Art Fall 2018 Exhibition

Date & Time:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sept. 5, 2018 - July 31, 2019


The Gallery, second floor, Anderson Student Center, east end

The Asmat people of southwest New Guinea are among the most accomplished artists in the Pacific Islands. While Asmat artists are renowned for their ceremonial art forms, they devote equal skill and attention to the creation and adornment of the functional objects that surround them in their daily lives. The Asmat live in a decorated world in which even the most mundane utilitarian items can be, and frequently are, lavishly embellished with designs of striking beauty and visual complexity. This exhibition explores the ways Asmat artists celebrate everyday life through the adornment of functional objects. It also examines the ways in which contemporary artists emphasize the importance of daily activities within their culture through the creation of carvings and textiles destined for the art market. 

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