MOA to Showcase Lakota Quilts and Crafts

The Museum of Anthropology  will feature Creating: Quilts and Crafts of the Lakota from November 5, 2013 to January 25, 2014.  The exhibition combines two independent but related exhibits. Creating: Quilts of the Lakota is organized by The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, and the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania.  Contemporary Creations: Arts and Crafts by Lakota Artists is organized by C-H Jacobson Produktion AB of Stockholm, Sweden.   The combined exhibit presents 20 eye-dazzling quilts and 32 items of apparel and dance regalia made in traditional style by Lakota artisans.

The MOA will share the combined exhibit with Delta Arts Center, also in Winston-Salem.  Each venue will display about half of the quilts and crafts. For the complete experience, visitors are encouraged to visit both museums.

Quilting has long been a part of the cultural heritage of the Lakota Sioux in South Dakota. However, some of the most exquisite works produced by tribe members have never been seen outside of the reservation. The exhibit highlights outstanding examples of 20th century and contemporary works.  Although similar in construction to other American quilts, the iconography of these Lakota textiles reflect a Sioux Oclala religious and cultural heritage that is largely unknown in this part of the country. The insertion of symbols from popular culture (e.g. the basketball or flag) as well makes these works different from other folk textiles.

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MOA Joins Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live!

The Museum of Anthropology is pleased to announce its participation in Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 28.  A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to making learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone.  Museums across all 50 states will have the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.  Last year, more than 400,000 people attended Museum Day Live! across the United States.

“Although the Museum of Anthropology will continue to offer free admission to all visitors, we are excited to be able to share in the Smithsonian Institution’s celebration of arts, culture, and knowledge,” said PR, Marketing & Membership Coordinator Sara Cromwell.

Visitors to the Museum of Anthropology can explore global cultures through artifacts from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.  The two featured exhibits are Celebrating 50 Years of the Museum of Anthropology, and Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico.

Visitors can download the Museum Day Live! ticket and find a complete list of participating museums at cultural institutions at Visitors who present the ticket will gain free admission for two at participating venues.

MOA Continues to Celebrate Golden Anniversary

The Museum will continue to celebrate its 50th anniversary through this fall.  The actual anniversary date of the Museum’s opening is Monday, September 23, which was the first day of classes in 1963.  All visitors to the MOA during the week of September 23 will receive a small gift as a token of appreciation for 50 years of support.

On Saturday, October 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Museum will host its Golden Anniversary Gala.  Patrons will enjoy a culinary tour of the world featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres relating to each of the Museum’s exhibits, wine and beer.  Appropriate attire is casual yet classy.  As the Gala is being held in conjunction with Wake Forest’s Homecoming weekend, we welcome alumni to come straight from the game.  Tickets are $30 each ($20 for MOA Friends).  To purchase tickets, please contact Sara Cromwell, PR, Marketing & Membership Coordinator, at 336-758-5282 or   Homecoming attendees can RSVP and pay for tickets with their Homecoming registration.

MOA Features New Day of the Dead Exhibit

2011DoD20awebxThe MOA will showcase a new version of its annual Day of the Dead exhibit, entitled Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico, from September 10 through December 13, 2013.  The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico over several days coinciding with the Catholic observances of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (November 1 and 2).  The holiday has roots in both ancient pre-Hispanic celebrations and medieval Spanish Catholic practices, and has evolved to feature a blend of elements from both traditions.  The celebration is considered to be a festive time when families remember their dead and honor the continuity of life.

The exhibit’s centerpiece is a traditional Mexican ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls, and photos of deceased family members.  The exhibit includes new information this year about the celebration’s history and its skeleton-themed folk art. A children’s ofrenda and a digital photo essay illustrating the celebration in San Miguel Allende will also be on display.  The exhibit features text in English and Spanish.

Traveling Exhibits Now Available from the MOA

The Museum of Anthropology is proud to announce that it has organized two new traveling exhibits which are now available for rental.

Weaving along the Silk Road: Amazing Asian Saddle Rugs features 18 colorful saddle rugs and 2 saddles from Afghanistan, Persia, Turkey, China, and Tibet.  Weaving along the Silk Road explores complex relationships between humans, animals, and weaving through functional, yet beautiful, textiles.  Please see the document below for additional details.

Weaving Along the Silk Road Details

Chinese Ceramics from the Changsha Kilns: Reflections of Tang Dynasty Openness and Tolerance features more than 100 rare ceramic vessels and figures from the Changsha kilns, as well as examples of more ancient and more recent pieces. Chinese Ceramics from the Changsha Kilns explores the rapid development and intercontinental impact of an innovative group of pottery producers during the Tang Dynasty.  Please see the document below for additional details.

Chinese Ceramics from the Changsha Kilns Details

To place a reservation for either exhibit or to learn more contact Museum Director Stephen Whittington.

Museum of Anthropology Joins Blue Star Museums

BSM-no-tag webThe MOA is pleased to announce its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and a record-breaking 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after completing a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at  The site also includes a map to help with visit planning.

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