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Precipitation for an Arid Landscape Opening Discussion
In this opening discussion for Radcliffe’s new contemporary art exhibition, Precipitation for an Arid Landscape, the artist Gala Porras-Kim will engage in a wide-ranging conversation with art historian Martha Buskirk.

Precipitation for an Arid Landscape grows out of Porras-Kim’s 2019–2020 fellowship at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Her fellowship project centered on items dredged from the Sacred Cenote of Chichén Itzá, a Maya site in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, and how they arrived in the collections of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. The exhibition presents new artworks that speculate on how sacred objects may continue to perform their original functions once they enter museum collections and are subject to institutional paradigms of classification, conservation, and display. As museums grapple with questions surrounding the origins of their collections, the exhibition offers another set of strategies for thinking through issues of restitution.

Radcliffe and the artist are grateful to the staff of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology for their partnership in the development of the exhibition.

Feb 7, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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