A Stroll through Bali

On June 30  a select group of Friends of Ethnic Art members joined Southeast Asian art specialists (and FEA members) Thomas Murray and Gerry Masteller for an informal stroll through the Asian Art Museum’s Balinese exhibit.  Gerry and Tom provided  detailed commentary from their personal knowledge of the culture and art. A very lively question and answer session followed with detailed examination of several pieces.  This exhibit, being the first focused solely on Bali, has brought the Asian Museum and its curator Natasha Reichle (who was also on hand) much praise.  It is a “must see” for anyone with an interest in Balinese or Oceanic art. The exceptional show is also one of the first of its kind to reflect on the relationships between Balinese art and contemporary ritual and performance.