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flamencoFlamenco From Spain to New Mexico
in the Hispanic Heritage Wing
Sunday November 22, 2015
to September 11, 2016
Known as a folkloric art form that began among the Gypsy people of southern Spain, this exhibition traces Flamenco to its arrival in the U.S. and its rise as an international art form now enjoyed by millions. The exhibition features costumes, play bills, instruments, and paintings, complemented by lectures, workshops and performances. (Photo by Blair Clark)


Sacred Realm:
Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia
In the Cotsen Gallery, Neutrogena Wing
December 13, 2015 to March 19, 2017
blessings

What more can we ask than for blessings and good fortune?  Whether perceived as miraculous boons or a response to ceremonious prayer, blessings and good fortune come in many forms and bring joy, comfort, and balance to our lives.

 

God, deities, nature spirits, and other unseen forces exist in human belief, which can bring both great harm and great fortune to people on earth.  Almost universally, yet through varied means and belief systems, people have found ways to connect with these powers to bring stability to their lives, to divert ill-will and harm, and to attract love, fertility, prosperity, longevity, and safety ... essentially, to harness protection, blessings, and good fortune for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities. 

 

This exhibit invites visitors to explore some of the ways in which people seek and secure blessings and good fortune in Asia, a vast and culturally diverse region. Presented are amulets, votive offerings, and ritual objects – objects with other-worldly, divine qualities.  These intricate and thoughtfully made works of art are drawn mostly from the museum’s Asian collection and are exhibited together with unique media and engaging interactive gallery components.

 

“Sacred Realm” reflects wide-ranging practices of belief that, at the same time, depict the common human desire to attain balance and harmony in the physical and spiritual realms of life. 


Sacred Realm reflects wide-ranging practices of belief that, at the same time, depict the common human need or desire to attain balance and harmony in the physical and spiritual realms of life. [Photo: Ancestor Spirit House, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo by Felicia Katz-Harris].