Tattoo exhibit Going Beyond the Stereotype @ Field MuseumOct 27th 2016
The exhibit, initially developed by Paris’s musée du quai Branly, explores the phenomenon of tattooing around the world over time, shedding a whole new light on this often-misunderstood art form.
The exhibit, which will runs through April 30, 2017, tells the story of tattooing through 125 objects including ancient historical artifacts and intricate contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models of the human body.
But while there are many narrative threads within the exhibition, Alaka Wali, Curator of North American Anthropology, explains, “The central message of the exhibition is about human creativity. It’s important to understand creativity’s different manifestations and not dismiss cultural practices and art forms because they were somehow stigmatized. The exhibition is going beyond the stereotype of tattoos to explore their aesthetics and artistry across cultures."« Whether you’re someone with tattoos yourself or someone who’s interested in contemporary art practices and cultures around the world, this exhibition has something fascinating in store, » says Hong. « Tattoos are a way to make what’s inside of you, your experience and your beliefs, manifest on your skin. It’s powerful to encounter that. »