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'DOWN FROM THE SHIMMERING SKY:
MASKS OF THE NORTHWEST COAST'

FACT SHEET



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Cecile Fisher
Christine Anderson & Associates
(323) 936-1447
E-mail, andersonpr@earthlink.net

THE SOUTHWEST MUSEUM PRESENTS "DOWN FROM THE SHIMMERING SKY: MASKS OF THE NORTHWEST COAST"

MASKS FROM VANCOUVER ART GALLERY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA VISIT SOUTHWEST MUSEUM AT LACMA WEST AS PART OF UNPRECEDENTED NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Exhibition Offers Unique Opportunity To Explore the Culture and History of the First Nations of the Northwest Coast

WHAT:
An exhibition of more than 145 contemporary and historic masks produced by First Nations artists of the Northwest Coast. The exhibition will be hosted by the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles. Featured will be colorful and dramatic masks depicting humans, animals and supernatural creatures, offering a rare window into the ceremonial and spiritual world of the First Nations of the Northwest Coast. In total, the exhibition features masks from a vast number of public and private collections in North America and Europe.

The exhibition will juxtapose early and contemporary masks of the last two centuries to illustrate how First Nations peoples have both preserved and adapted elements of their culture in the face of colonization and modernization.

The First Nations of the Northwest Coast include ten culturally distinct nations that inhabit the waterways stretching from the northern part of Washington State to southeastern Alaska. Each nation is, in turn, comprised of several independent village groups who call themselves tribes. As in the past, today they do not recognize international boundaries and see themselves as people holding a common culture.

'Down From the Shimmering Sky: Masks of the Northwest Coast' is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with support from The Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada. Corporate Sponsorship is provided by the Automobile Club of Southern California. Primary in-kind sponsorship is provided by the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. The exhibitionís official magazine corporate sponsor is Native Peoples Magazine. LA Weekly is the exhibitionís Local Print Media sponsor. Gallery Sponsorship is provided by Quintana Galleries in Portland, Oregon.

CURATOR:
Curators of the exhibition are Peter Macnair, former curator of anthropology at the Royal British
Columbia Museum; Robert Joseph, a Kwakwakaíwakw Chief, curator, writer and advisor on land claims and Native rights; and Bruce Grenville, senior curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

WHEN:
December 22, 1999 through May 6, 2000
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays

WHERE:
Gallery II at LACMA West
6067 Wilshire Boulevard
Located on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles

BACKGROUND:
In addition to this exhibition, the Southwest Museum features satellite facilities at LACMA West, including 8,000 square feet of exhibition space, following the layout of the main Southwest Museum on Mt. Washington. The space incorporates environmental elements recalling the Southwest region and the native lands of the Navajo and Pueblo peoples.

COST:
$ 10 adults, $ 8 for seniors, 62 and over; students ages 6-17
Admission for Southwest Museum members and children under 6 is free

TICKETS: Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster at Tower Records/RobinsonsïMay/The Wherehouse/Tu Musica/Ritmo Latino, by calling (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000, (661) 322-2525, (619) 220-TIXS or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

INFO: (323) 933-4510


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