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March 17, 1982 – July 10, 1983
Museum: Renwick Gallery
Sponsor: Office of Folklife Programs
Location: Part I, 1st Floor; Part II, 2nd Floor
On view in a 2-part exhibition are some 600 objects used in celebrations among 62 cultural groups around the world. The exhibition draws from the collections of nine Smithsonian museums.
Part I includes masks and costumes as well as objects related to sound and music, dancing, feasting, games and sports, and rites of passage--birth and initiation, courtship and marriage, death. Among the objects on view are:
Part II features shrines, altars, and other religious objects; celebration of harvest and industry.
Guest curator is Victor Turner, Professor of Anthropology, University of Virginia; organized by Renwick Gallery and Smithsonian's Office of Folklife Programs.
Catalogue: Parts I & II
Checklists, Parts I & II
Calendar and posters also available.
Book: Fairs & Festivals, a Smithsonian Guide to Celebrations in Md., Va., and D.C.,
Book by guest curator