USC Pacific Asia Museum's new fall exhibition, Ceremonies and Celebrations, draws from the museum's extraordinary collection of over 2,700 costumes and textiles from China, Korea, Japan, India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia. In conjunction with the Ceremonies & Celebrations opening will be the unveiling of the newly redesigned and much beloved museum gift shop, Shop@PAM.
With select examples across Asia, Ceremonies and Celebrations will explore interesting ideas that can connect these vast regions together. Some of the best examples in USC PAM's textile collection are rarely exhibited because of their fragile nature and the negative effect of light on the natural dyes used, and
Ceremonies and Celebrations will provide visitors with an exceptional glimpse at those rarely seen textile collections.
The exhibition is divided into four thematic sections: gender, status, religion and ceremony. The first focuses on the connection between gender and textile production and the way that textiles are used to identify gender roles in society. The second idea that is explored in the exhibition is the role of textiles as a signifier of one's status. The third theme illustrates the unique relationship between textiles and religions across Asia.
The final section looks at textiles worn or used in marking ceremonies and life transitions, including birth, weddings, and death. Textiles help to identify religious practitioners and add beauty to religious spaces and rituals.
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Pasadena, California 91101
Open until 6 January 2019