Anthropology Museum

Archive of Exhibits & Events


Jivaro Feather Fan Ornament, 20th century

¡DANZA!  "Living Traditions in Mexican Ritual Masks", From the Collection of Larry Hoover. Curated by Dr. Joyce Bishop (April 6 - June 10, 2012).

Art of Ethnography: Images from Trobriand Islands Fieldwork, by Andrew Connelly (February 1-29, 2012). Fieldworker/photographer Andrew Connelly (Australian National University) presented "History, Ethnography, Photography: A Year in the Trobriand Islands" on February 17, Noon (catered reception followed in the Anthropology Museum). 

From Maker to Museum: Weaving Through a Collection, Curated by the Anth 196M Student Collective (April 7-May 14, 2010).

American Indian Histories: Art, Object, Text, Curated by Terri Castaneda (March 5 - April 29, 2009).

The Order of Primates, Curated by Kristina Casper-Denman, Holly Lamb, Carolyn Dean, and Zach Anderson (October 1-December 5, 2008).

The Americana Indian: The American Indian in the American Imagination, Curated by Brian Baker (Bad River Chippewa), Native American Studies Program, Department of Ethnic Studies (October 8-November 27, 2007), February - March 2008.

Lights, Camera, Collections: Backstage at the Anthropology Museum, Curated by Terri Castaneda, with Carolyn Dean, Emily Markel, Monica Moon, and Kristin Penaloza (March 6-May 11, 2007).

Educational Opportunity Program Learning Communities: A Celebration of Culture, Curated by Meghan Farley Webb, November 29-December 15, 2006).

Velha Goa, Photographs by Benoy K. Behl, Fall 2005-Spring 2006. Exhibit Courtesy of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Opening Reception, Sept. 23, 2005, 2 - 4 pm, Ribbon-cutting by (Ambassador) Mr. B.S. Prakash, Consul General of India, San Francisco. (Lecture by Benoy K. Behl, October 20, 2005). Exhibit Schedule: Series I: Sept. 23-Dec.9, 2005, Series II: Feb. 3-March 10, 2006, Series III: March 31-May 12, 2006. Closing Reception & Colloquium (pdf).

The World from my Room: Tourism and the Intimacies of the Familiar (October 5, 2005), Fall Lecture, by Michael David Robinson: Professor of Tourism Studies & Director, Centre for Tourism & Cultural Change, Sheffield Hallam University.

Visual Anthropology in Focus (May 4-May 19, 2005)--Curatorial Collective: Eric Cotenas, Rodin Eckenroth, Sarabel Gonzalez, and Andy Connelly.

Intellectual Ancestors: Pioneers in Anthropology, Curated by Valerie Wheeler, with students in ANTH 104 (History of Anthropology, Fall '04), February 17- March 17, 2005.

Exploring Cultural Self-Representation: An Exhibit by EOP Anthropology Students, December 10-16, 2004.

Trobriand Worlds: Contesting Representations in an Age of Reflexivity (September 17-December 1, 2004)--Curated by Jay B. Crain and Allan Darrah, with Caroline Gardener and students in Ethnographic Analysis (ANTH 146), Spring 2004.

Mexican Masks (in Mendocino Hall Exhibit Cases 1st & 4th floor); co-sponsored with the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Fall 2004.

Exploring Culture and Diversity in Higher Education (December 2003)—Curated by the students in a Fall 2003, EOP Cultural Anthropology course, this exhibit featured kinship diagrams and artifacts representing the diverse family and cultural traditions of these first-generation college students. 

Applied Anthropology & the Study of Science, Technology, & Society (November 22, 2003)—Fall Lecture & Reception (co-sponsored with the Sacramento Anthropological Society) presented by Dr. Priscilla Weeks, of the Houston Advanced Research Institute.

The Art of Farming:  Photographs from Fieldwork in the US and France (Spring and Fall 2003)—Curated by Valerie Wheeler, the 2003 John C. Livingston Lecturer, this exhibition featured more than 27 photographic images representing her cross-cultural research on organic and family farm traditions in California, Ohio, and France.

Sewing What You Reap: An Ethnobotanical Exhibit Featuring California & Northwest Coast Basketry (Spring and Fall 2002)—Curated by museum interns Jayne Henning Childress, Virginia Heath, Eden Murray, & Wendy Pierce, this exhibit drew upon the Museum’s permanent collection of Native American basketry, supplemented with plant materials and paleo-ethnobotanical specimens, to explore the role of plant management and use among Native Californians of the recent and prehistoric past.

A Tribute to Marie Potts: Editor, Author, and Activist (October 2001)--Curated by Terri Castaneda and co-sponsored by D-QU Tribal College, as part of the 16th Annual California Indian Conference and Gathering. This exhibit featured the archival records of the Federated Indians of California  and its publicity agent, Marie Potts (1895-1978; Mountain Maidu). "Chen-Kut-Pam," a documentary about Marie Potts produced in 1970, was also screened at the reception.

20th Century Pilgrims: Recent Refugees from the Former Soviet Union (Fall 1997)--Curated by Carol Dunstan and representatives from the diverse community of refugees from the former Soviet Union, who now live in the greater Sacramento Region.  A Ukrainian apartment and Uzbek tearoom were among the many immersive environments conceptualized, fabricated and installed in intimate collaboration with community member curators and anthropology student interns.

The Hmong: Refugees from a Secret War (Spring 1996)--This community-linked exhibition, curated by Carol Dunstan, included a core NEH-sponsored exhibit of historical/informational panels from the Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, artifacts and textiles loaned by members of the Sacramento area Hmong community, and a 3/4 scale replica of a typical Hmong house and associated structures, designed and constructed by members of the Sacramento Hmong community spanning three generations. Hosted in conjunction with the exhibition were: a reception for the Second Annual Hmong National Education Conference (April 6, 1996); a day- long Hmong community workshop with Dr. Amy Catlin (Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA), preview and discuss her latest film, "Hmong Musicians in America" (May 11, 1996); a reception for the Refugee Educators' Network (May 1, 1996); and an educational lecture series--"Traditional Life" by Dr. Yang Dao ; "The Secret War" by Dr. Tim Castle and General Vang Pao; "Flight from Laos" by Gayle Morrison; and "A New Life," a panel discussion by Lue Vang (EdD), Maykou Vang (MSW), Paul Lo (J.D.), Long Thao (M.D.), Pheng Lor, Mark Lee, and Chong That.

The Dream Time: Paintings from the Crowley Collection (Fall 1996)--Curated by Carol Dunstan. An exhibition of contemporary Australian Aborigine Dream Time Paintings belonging to the Daniel J. Crowley family, with a companion lecture, entitled "Aborigines and Contemporary Australian Culture," by the Daniel J. Crowley, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Art History, University of California, Davis.

Rediscovery of Yesterday (Spring 1994)--This exhibition, curated by Jerald Johnson, highlighted archaeological explorations into the Chinese section of Virginiatown, California, a Gold Rush era settlement (1850-1880) excavated by the CSUS Department of Anthropology.

From Baskets to Blowguns: Samples from the Permanent Collections (Spring 1993)--This exhibit, curated by George Rich, featured selections from the collections of the CSUS Museum of Anthropology, including California and Great Basin Indian baskets, West and Central African artifacts, Tongan and Samoan tapa cloths, Indigenous Filipino hunting implements and weapons, a complete Koi San hunting kit, and photographs, featherwork, blowguns, and other artifacts of the "Jivaro" (Achuara) and Waorani of Equador.

Mexican Folk Toys (Fall 1993)--Curated by Joyce Bishop, this exhibition displayed hundreds of hand-crafted toys from throughout Mexico, loaned by the Centro Cultural Mexicano.

Other Worlds in African Art (Spring 1992)--An exhibition of ceremonial arts and textiles from areas of West and Central Africa, curated by George Rich and Daniel J. Crowley. Slogan textiles from the 1960 "Congo" Revolution, funerary pieces, and large kente cloths from the Crowley collection demonstrated the varied uses of art in the social, political, and ceremonial life of traditional African societies.

Con los Manos Soy Purepecha ("With the Hands I am Purephecha" Fall 1991)--An  intimate portrayal of the Purepecha people and Tarascan folklife as assembled by renowned photographer, Richard Barthelemy and curated by Joyce Bishop.  The Barthelemy Collection of Tarascan Folklife is uniquely comprised of large, hard-mounted black and white photographs depicting the ceremonial life and folk manufacturing processes in several Tarascan villages, along with the actual tools, artifacts, and folk art pieces depicted in the photographs.

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