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Ritmos de Identidad: Fernando Ortiz's Legacy and the Howard Family Collection of Percussion Instruments

February 29, 2000 – August 1, 2000

Arts and Industries Building
900 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

Sponsor: Center for Latino Initiatives

Location: West Hall

Approximately 150 percussion instruments, books, photographs, and stamps are used to explore percussion and its role in Afro-Caribbean music and to examine how cultural expressions travel to other lands, are preserved, and are transformed. The exhibition also tells the stories of Fernando Ortiz (1881-1994), a pioneering Cuban anthropologist, and Dr. Joseph Howard (1912-1994), who assembled a collection of over 700 percussion instruments from all over the world.

Instruments are on loan from the Howard Collection.