Symposium: Art of the Austronesians: The Legacy of Indo-Pacific Voyaging
Talk / Lecture
10:00 to 5:00
Sat, April 23, 2016

In conjunction with the exhibition Art of the Austronesians, this major symposium explores the history and development of the arts and cultures of the Austronesian-speaking peoples—from their prehistoric origins in what is now Taiwan to their successive seafaring migrations over millennia throughout the Philippines, Indonesia, the Pacific, and beyond. Distinguished scholars present current research revealing new insights on Austronesian archaeology, arts, and history. Afterwards, join us for a celebratory reception in honor of Fowler senior curator Roy Hamilton on the occasion of his retirement from UCLA and an exhibition preview of Art of the AustronesiansRegister here.

Schedule and Speakers

9:30 am–10:00 am
Coffee Reception

10:00 am–12:00 pm

Introductory Remarks and Acknowledgements
Marla C. Berns, Shirley & Ralph Shapiro Director, Fowler Museum

Ancestors, Hornbills, and Other Recurring Themes in Austronesian Art
Roy W. Hamilton
, Senior Curator of Asian & Pacific Collections, Fowler Museum

Austronesians in the Pacific: The Lapita Trail and Beyond
Patrick V. Kirch
, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, UC-Berkeley

12:00 pm–1:30 pm
Lunch Break

1:30 pm–3:00 pm

Austronesian Linkages: “Out of Taiwan” Indigenous Arts
David Blundell
, Director and Professor, Asia-Pacific SpatioTemporal Institute (ApSTi), National Chengchi University, Taipei

Mirrors into the Past: Art in the Lapita Region from New Ireland to New Caledonia
Michael Gunn
, Senior Curator for Pacific Arts, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

3:00 pm–3:30 pm
Coffee Break

3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Art and Ancestors: Toraja Visual Arts As World Heritage
Kathleen M. Adams
, Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology, Loyola University, Chicago

Spanning the Pacific: Cloth as Cultural Heritage
Teri Sowell
, Lecturer, Department of Visual Arts, UC-San Diego

5:00–8:00 pm
Reception and Exhibition Preview
Art of the Austronesians: The Legacy of Indo-Pacific Voyaging 

Register for symposium here (includes admission to the 5 pm reception)


Parking Information:
Enter UCLA Lot 4 from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza (between Veteran Avenue and Hilgard Avenue). Turn left past the parking kiosk for convenient Pay-By-Space parking at the northeast and southeast ends of Lot 4, where automated pay stations accept $1 and $5 bills and credit cards. When the parking kiosk is staffed, it is also possible to pay there a flat daily fee of $12. (Pay-By-Space parking is always available for Fowler visitors, regardless of whether the lot 4 parking kiosk is staffed!) Campus parking is maximum $12. One hour parking costs $3, 1.5 hours is $4, and two hours is $6. The Fowler is visible to your left when you ascend from the elevator or stairs.

Art of the Austronesians is organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and curated by Roy W. Hamilton, Senior Curator of Asian & Pacific Collections. Major funding for the exhibition is provided by the Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Fund and the Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles. Additional support is provided by Ned and Mina Smith, Martha and Avrum Bluming, Edmond Chin, and Thomas Murray. The accompanying symposium has been funded in part by Thomas Murray who has generously matched individual gifts made by Edmond Chin, the Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles, Don Bierlich, the Fowler Textile Council, Marc Franklin, Greg and Mechas Grinnell, Michael Hamson, Mark A. Johnson Tribal Art, Carolyn and Charles Knobler, Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, Chuck Thurow, Janis and Bill Wetsman, and Insulinde Indonesian Arts – Frank R. Wiggers.