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Flower Power

Flower Power

Flowers and Nature in Art

Reaching Out

Reaching Out

Expressions of human connection

Many Voices

Many Voices

Sharing Stories

Justice for All

Justice for All

Art and Equality

One Earth

One Earth

Seeking Sustainability

Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith

Exploring belief systems across cultures

Object Lessons

Object Lesson: The Arctic Regions

The images in this massive book were the first published photographs from the Arctic. In 1869, William Bradford, an adventuresome painter known for his Arctic seascapes and ship paintings, secured funding from businessman LeGrand Lockwood and chartered a steamship, The Panther, for a voyage to Greenland. He invited photographers John L. Dunmore and George Critcherson to join him on the expedition. During a three-month summer journey, the group produced drawings, texts, and photographs that were published in the lavish tome on display at NOMA in A Brief History of Photography and Transmission. Read More

Object Lesson: Junichi Arai

Innovative fabrics that can be blunt like concrete or ethereal like clouds sprung from the imagination of Japanese designer Junichi Arai, but were made possible through studied innovation and technological experimentation. A shimmering blue and silver textile by the artist is currently on view at NOMA in the exhibition Atomic Number 13: Aluminum in 20th-Century Design, representing the metal’s role in artistic experimentation by the end of the century.  Read More

Anthropomorphic Rice Ladle with Janus Head Handle (wunkirmian or wa ke mia)

Object Lesson: Wunkirmian/Wakemia (Ceremonial Ladle)

Dan ceremonial ladles known as wunkirmian or wakemia (spoon associated with feasts) are badges of prestige that acknowledge a woman for her invaluable generosity to her family and the entire community. These objects were created to serve as symbols of status and the bearer of spiritual powers. The complex design and craftsmanship of these ladles are the mark of their relevance. Read More

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