The Greatest of Oceanic Art: Arguing Aesthetics

10am, Sunday, February 21, in the Firehouse, Fort Mason Center
The Greatest of Oceanic Art: Arguing Aesthetics
With Leading Collectors, Dealers, and Scholars

You’re invited to attend a thought-provoking and visually stimulating glimpse into the basements of museums, the vaults of institutions, and the private reserves of collectors and dealers to see images of rediscovered Oceanic treasures and masterpieces too long unseen, unknown, or overlooked. Sculptures and artifacts ranging from the elegance of Polynesian art to the power and surrealism of New Guinea art will be illustrated, accompanied by tales of early field collectors in the South Pacific, precocious anthropologists among indigenous cultures, and clever early collectors.

Some of the world’s most knowing, known, passionate, and opinionated international experts in San Francisco for the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show will illuminate slides and bring to light personal-favorite, seldom-seen masterworks, explain the reasoning behind their choices, identify them for the still-learning public, and also explain their aesthetic audacity and creative magnificence to Oceanic art aficionados. The floor will then be open for comments, comparisons, and critiques.

10am Sunday, February 21, in the Firehouse, Fort Mason Center

Produced by Friends of Ethnic Art and Dave DeRoche