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 20560

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.