Exhibition: Frontier Shores: Collection, Entanglement, and the Manufacture of Identity in Oceania


  • Bard Graduate Center Gallery 18 West 86th Street New York, NY, 10024 United States

From Bard Graduate Center Gallery:

"Focusing on Oceania—the vast region encompassing Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the tropical Pacific Islands—Frontier Shores explores how anthropology was used by colonial powers to justify and gain control over the resources and lives of the various native peoples, how collection both described and pacified the frontier, and how marginalized peoples adapted to, resisted, or otherwise exerted their own power and agency in the colonial context."

Tatanua (mask for funerary ceremony). Malagan culture, New Ireland, Nusa Island, Papua New Guinea, late 19th century. Wood, shell, pigment, plant fiber, seed, resin, bark cloth, paper. Courtesy of the Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, ST/ 691