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Hofstra Univ. Museum Celebrates Opening of “Spirit and Identity: Melanesian Works”

Beth Levinthal Kristi Caratzola

Image (l to r): Beth Levinthal, executive director of the Hofstra University Museum, and exhibit curator Kristi Caratzola

The Hofstra University Museum this week hosted an opening reception and curator’s talk for Spirit and Identity: Melanesian Works from the Hofstra University Museum Collections, on view through August 29, 2014 at the David Filderman Gallery. This exhibition, curated by Kristi L. Caratzola, showcases ancestral figures, ceremonial masks, warrior shields, and ritualized practical objects crafted from natural materials sourced from sacred sites within the territory of each individual culture.  These artworks and objects created by members of the distinct regional communities of the South Pacific, are a rarely seen and extraordinary part of the HUM collections.

The David Filderman Gallery is located on the ninth floor of Hofstra’s Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, South Campus. For more information please call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University website at

Additional exhibition funding has been provided by Astoria Federal Savings.

Associated events:

“Second Saturdays at the HUM”
Saturday, March 8, and Saturday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m.

The Second Saturdays program invites children and their grown up companions to explore works of art, hear a related story, and engage in a hands-on activity. On March 8, Mask It! will teach children about the masks as used in Asian Pacific cultures, and then they will create their own. For Shield It! on April 12 children and families will learn about the designs of Melanesian shields and then also create one. The fee for Second Saturdays at the HUM is $5 per child; $9 per child for two sessions when prepaid and $12 per child for the entire series (three events total) when prepaid. Admission is free for adult companions.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorations at the Hofstra University Museum
Friday, June 20, at 2 p.m.

Global Explorations offers learners of all ages the opportunity to discover and explore the diverse cultures that make up our global community, through the interaction with and examination of authentic objects from the Museum’s vast permanent collection. The fee is $5 for the general public and $3 for senior citizens (over 65).


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