January 12th, 2011
Seemingly fragile, textiles can be an enduring link to vanished cultures, as well as a fascinating cross section of the aesthetic sensibilities of far-flung contemporary peoples. Among the five most distinctive collections in the United States, The Field Museum’s holdings of Asian textiles include nineteenth and twentieth century pieces from India, Bhutan, Central Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
January 11th, 2011
One gratifying outcome of the lengthy partnership between The Field Museum and the people of Tokomaru Bay in New Zealand is that Ruatepupuke II, the Maori whare or meeting house, now serves as a national “flag ship” for many throughout New Zealand, Maori and pakeha (non-Maori) alike, both as a striking heritage symbol of their cultural pride and values in a distant and foreign land, and also as an innovative urban marae (gathering place) for communicating those values and sensibilities overseas in an unconventional and vibrant multicultural setting.
Field Museum, University of Illinois researchers reveal social assets of Chicago’s Mexican immigrants
March 07th, 2005
A new study, several years in the making, reveals that Mexican immigrants in the Chicagoland area possess a wealth of artistic and networking assets that contribute to the social and cultural vitality of neighborhoods, organizations and institutions. In addition, their participation in cultural and artistic activities stimulates economic activity, especially in the music industry and service sector.