Exhibit highlights art from Papua New Guinea

BELOIT, Wis.—Art from an intriguing island nation is the focus of a new exhibit at Beloit College’s Logan Museum of Anthropology. Melanesian Images Revisited will open on Thursday, Jan. 25 and remain on display through Sunday, May 22, in the Shaw Gallery of the Museum, which is on the Beloit College campus. A reception is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11.

Melanesian Images Revisited features examples of 20th century art produced in Papua New Guinea, which is in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and Indonesia. Works of art on display provide information about Papua New Guinea’s history and geography, and about the wide cultural diversity of its people. Much of the material in the exhibit was collected between 1984 and 1990 by James Tobin, a world traveler from Portland, Ore., who became fascinated with Papua New Guinea after reading about his grandfather’s travels there. Tobin journeyed many times into the remote Speik River area and established close relations with artists there. His widow, Virginia Tobin, donated his collection of artifacts to the Logan Museum of Anthropology in 1995.

George Ulrich, curator of African and Pacific ethnology at the Milwaukee Public Museum, will speak at the February reception. He will make an informal presentation about Papua New Guinea art, offering insights into the culture and people of Papua New Guinea and the exhibit.

Guests will be able to handle contemporary art objects related to the display.

The Logan Museum of Anthropology is a teaching museum of Beloit College that fosters greater understanding of the world’s cultures, anthropology, and museology.

Among the museum’s notable collections are South American and Meso-American ceramics, a wide range of Native North American basketry and other artifacts, and Paleolithic art and artifacts from France and North Africa. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Paul Thistle, curator of exhibits, at 608-363-2616 or thistlep@beloit.edu.

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