"The Art of Ceremony" at Philbrook Downtown

May 13, 2015

Our guest on ST is cultural anthropologist Christina E. Burke, who is the Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa. Burke tells us all about an interesting exhibit that will be on view at the Philbrook Downtown space through September 6th: "The Art of Ceremony." As noted of this show at the Philbrook website: "For the Hopi people of northern Arizona, cultural and religious practices are guided by spirit beings known as 'kachinas,' or more properly, 'katsinam.' These powerful deities provide the Hopi with lessons on living properly in order to maintain balance and harmony for individuals, the community, and the world. Katsina imagery is seen in ceremonial dances performed during the year, as well as in three-dimensional carved figures and other art forms. This exhibition highlights [approximately 45] contemporary katsina carvings recently donated to Philbrook by a private collector and provides a window into Hopi ritual, belief, and art." Also on today's program, our commentator Barry Friedman has an essay -- based on recent events in Indiana and elsewhere -- entitled "Whose Faith Is It, Anyway?"