Past Exhibitions


PAST EXHIBITION

April 23–September 14, 2014

The news today is replete with reports on territorial disputes, resource extraction, and other forces that impact and endanger the environment. These timely issues lie at the heart of Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of...


PAST EXHIBITION

May 4–August 31, 2014

As part of Fowler at Fifty, Rigo 23, a San Francisco-based artist and activist from Madeira Island, Portugal, has created a special project in the Museum’s Goldenberg Galleria. Drawing...


PAST EXHIBITION

May 4–August 17, 2014

With long beards cascading from their chins and hair sometimes falling over their eyes, the painted and etched wood masks by the Yaqui (Yoeme) of northern Mexico are haunting, humorous, playful, and arresting. Fowler in Focus: The Yaqui Masks of Carlos...


PAST EXHIBITION

March 30–July 20, 2014

Life at the margins in the Americas―borders both physical and societal―inspires sacred figures who walk the fine line between sinfulness and sanctity. In worship and artistic representation alike, such figures both reflect and impact the experiences of...


PAST EXHIBITION

October 13, 2013March 2, 2014

From X to Why: A Museum Takes Shape focuses on the Fowler Museum’s formative history through its earliest acquisitions. The title evokes the Fowler's practice of assigning each newly...


PAST EXHIBITION

October 13, 2013–March 2, 2014

When the ancestors of the Māori people sailed to Aotearoa (New Zealand) roughly nine hundred years ago, they became the first Polynesians to settle a land outside the tropics. Previous generations of Polynesians had little need for clothing and...


PAST EXHIBITION

October 13, 2013–March 2, 2014

In nineteenth-century southern Africa, highly individualized arts of personal adornment experienced a florescence among isi-Zulu-speakers, people now called the Zulu. Personal objects worn on or carried around the body were made with...


PAST EXHIBITION

October 13, 2013–March 2, 2014

This exhibition explores the power and prevalence of “two-ness” in Yorùbá art and thought with an impressive display of more than 250 carved wood twin memorial figures, known as ere ibeji. The Yorùb...


PAST EXHIBITION

October 13, 2013–March 2, 2014

The Fowler Museum’s collections today include more than 4,500 masks, figural sculptures, shields, architectural elements, ritual objects, and other items from the island of New Guinea in the South Pacific. Three quarters of these were...


PAST EXHIBITION

October 13, 2013–February 2, 2014

Donated to the Museum in 1968/1969 by the actress Natalie Wood, the Fowler's Chupícuaro ceramics are its most important collection of ancient Mesoamerican art. The selection of nearly seventy works (out of a total of 620) illustrate...