Pacific Asia Museum is pleased to announce the new exhibition Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia on view November 2, 2012 through March 24, 2013.
Marking Transitions: Ceremonial Art in Indonesia will provide visitors a chance to experience the connections between art and ritual in the lives of Indonesians through objects created for a range of uses. Rituals remain an integral part of everyday life in many regions of Indonesia, and objects such as finely woven textiles and elegantly prepared knives carry great significance in both ceremony and performance. This exhibition will illuminate those meanings along with a focus on the extraordinary craftsmanship embedded in each object. One such object that will be on view is a tampan cloth from the Lampung region of southern Sumatra (pictured at top). This region became quite wealthy as a major producer of pepper along the spice trade routes, and this wealth along with the broad range of cultural influences is reflected in the rich textiles produced there. Tampan are small, ceremonial cloths that signify transition at many ceremonies, including weddings, births and funerals, and are often displayed or used to wrap food or other gifts. The cloth would also serve as a seat for elders or other prominent figures, or would be tied to the poles of new homes. The ship motif on this particular tampan is common to coastal regions along major trade routes, and further illustrates both transition and prosperity.
Together with other ceremonial objects, Marking Transitions will trace Indonesia’s rich material cultural tradition. The exhibition will be supported by a variety of related programs designed to engage all ages.
This exhibition has been made possible in part by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission
and Sid and Betsey Tyler.