Springfield Museum: The Body Adorned – Artistry and Legacy of the Ancient Americas

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The Quadrangle is the common name for a cluster of museums and cultural institutions in Metro Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, on Chestnut Street between State and Edwards Streets. Wikipedia

The Body Adorned: Artistry and Legacy of the Ancient Americas
December 4, 2021–February 27, 2022
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts » First Floor » Starr Gallery of Watercolors » Alpert Gallery of Currier & Ives
New opening date! Bilingual Exhibit

Feather textiles, gold pendants, and greenstone ear rods are among the most exquisite adornments crafted by artists working in the ancient Americas. Designed to be worn both in life and in death, these treasures functioned as status symbols, ritual paraphernalia, and sacred channels to a more sublime realm. Often small in scale and intricately crafted, the adornments featured in this exhibition were created in sophisticated workshops by highly skilled artists. These splendid works of art offer insight into the values, beliefs, and achievements of indigenous peoples.

This exhibition explores the artistic adornment of the ancient American cultures of Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, and Mexico, as well as the influence that metalwork, textiles, and ceramics had on future generations of artists. In addition to including work made between 400 and 1550 CE, the display includes works by 20th century American designer and jewelry maker William Spratling (1900-1967), who spent over three decades in Mexico and was inspired by Mesoamerican art and architecture. The exhibition celebrates the enduring power of these brilliant motifs, and bring together different eras in dialogue.

Drinking vessel, Maya, Late Classic Period, A.D. 650-850
Jaguar Brooch (Prendedor en forma de jaguar), Mexican, 1940-1946
Four-cornered hat, Wari, Middle Horizon period A.D. 700-900
Male effigy cache figure, Muisca, A.D. 1100-1550
Jaguar effigy pendant, Diquís, 700-1520

This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as part of the Art Bridges Initiative.

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The Chilean National Museum of Natural History is one of three national museums in Chile, along with the Museum of Fine Arts and the National History Museum. It is located in Quinta Normal Park. Wikipedia

Easter Island

Easter Island is an island and special territory of Chile in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania. Easter Island is most famous for its nearly 1,000 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park. It is believed that Easter Island’s Polynesian inhabitants arrived on Easter Island sometime near 1200 AD. They created a thriving and industrious culture, as evidenced by the island’s numerous enormous stone moai and other artifacts. However, land clearing for cultivation and the introduction of the Polynesian rat led to gradual deforestation. By the time of European arrival in 1722, the island’s population was estimated to be 2,000–3,000. (Wikipedia)
Country:Chile
Region: Valparaíso
Province: Isla de Pascua
Commune: Isla de Pascua

Art Lima 2019

The International Art Fair of Lima from its platform formally activates the art system in Peru, facilitating public access to the international contemporary art offer. It is held in Lima annually in April contributing to the consolidation of the Peru brand in the world cultural circuit.

Thanks to the results obtained in its past editions, Art Lima is recognized within the most important art fairs in Latin America. With its development it generates an economic contribution towards the growth of the cultural and tourist industries of the country and the region.

Art Lima 2018

The International Art Fair of Lima from its platform formally activates the art system in Peru, facilitating public access to the international contemporary art offer. It is held in Lima annually in April contributing to the consolidation of the Peru brand in the world cultural circuit.

Thanks to the results obtained in its past editions, Art Lima is recognized within the most important art fairs in Latin America. With its development it generates an economic contribution towards the growth of the cultural and tourist industries of the country and the region.

Warao Indians

The Warao Indians live in the valley of the Orinoco river. Boats are the main mean of transport for the Warao: there is not so much land in the places they inhabit. The delta of the river is mainly a swamp with mangrove forests…

New 7 Wonders of the World

New 7 Wonders of the World was a campaign started in 2000 to choose Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments. The popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland, with winners announced on 7 July 2007 in Lisbon. Wikipedia

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest, covering much of northwestern Brazil and extending into Colombia, Peru, and other South American countries, is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, famed for its biodiversity. It’s crisscrossed by thousands of rivers, including the powerful Amazon. River towns, with 19th-century architecture from rubber-boom days, include Brazil’s Manaus and Belém and Peru’s Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado.
Area2.124 million mi²
CoordinatesCoordinates: 3°S 60°W / 3°S 60°W