1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
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:
- a baseball autographed by the 1952 World Series' Brooklyn Dodgers
- a funerary vase used beside Lincoln's catafalque
- an Apache girl's buckskin puberty cape
- a double-cupped drinking horn from Taiwan
- a pelican bone flute necklace from Panama
- a pressure drum from Nigeria
- an Eskimo grave post from Alaska
- a groom's headdress from India
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