Guest Lecture: "The Mask and Masquerade: Initiation, Ceremony, and Social Control" by Pam McClusky
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Galoa Mask Gabon, Galoa. Wood, pigments, fiber, metal 29.2 cm (11 1/2 in.). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Richard Scheller, 2013.78.4
Pam McClusky is the curator of African and Oceanic art at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). She helped SAM establish its department in 1980 while a graduate student at the University of Washington. The following year the museum benefited by receiving the extensive Katherine White collection of African art. Now, McClusky says, SAM’s African collection ranks among the nation’s top 10 and the Australian aboriginal gallery in the new expansion is a first for a public institution in the U.S.
McClusky installed the African, Australian and textile galleries with an eye to connecting them to artworks and cultures in the surrounding spaces. “It’s a chance to rethink how we present [the artwork] with entirely new interpretations,” she says. “So many people think of Africa as alien, but there are so many familiar elements — and look at how it interacts with the rest of the collections.”
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