Museum

exploring reciprocity: the power of animals in non-western art

Ripin Gallery

Through May 21

Animals act as companions and contributors to human life in this exhibition featuring works ranging from Japanese woodblock prints to whalebone sculptures of indigenous North America.

Many non-Western communities today draw on these relationships as a resource in the face of colonialism, exploitation, and environmental devastation.

Curated by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Chie Sakakibara.

In this 1950s sculpture made from a whale vertebra, an Iñupiaq shaman sings and drums for the spirit of the whale that gave itself to the people. Gift of Marcia Aronoff (OC 1965), 2015.33.3