Past Exhibitions

Photo by Kevin BubriskiShadows of Shangri La: Nepal in Photographs

May 2014-September 30, 2014

From the sacred temples and congested streets of Kathmandu to the remote mountain villages of the Karnali Zone, photographer Kevin Bubriski has documented Nepal and its people since 1975.

 


Huaca Luna Friezes detail

Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas

March 13, 2008-April 30, 2014

Throughout time and around the world, people have adorned the walls of their homes, palaces, tombs, temples, and government buildings with painted scenes and designs. Storied Walls explores spectacular wall paintings in Guatemala, Mexico and Peru.


photo by Stephen Dupont

Stephen Dupont: Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries

May 2, 2013-September 2, 2013

Photographs and an artist’s notebook document the Westernization of traditional society in Papua New Guinea from lawlessness in urban Port Moresby to cultural struggles throughout the Highlands and Sepik River region.


model kayak

Conservators at Work: Alaska's Historic Kayaks Renewed

October 26, 2011-August 28, 2013

Conservators work in the Hall of the North American Indian gallery Mondays Noon-3, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2-5.


from daguerreotypes to digitalFrom Daguerreotype to Digital: Anthropology and Photography

June 28, 2012-April 7, 2013

With photographs, cameras, and video, the exhibition explores how photographic innovations helped anthropologists expand the study of world cultures.


Jazmin teaching. Photo by Ximena VargasShooting for Peace: Youth Behind the Lens

November 17, 2011-May 31, 2012

The young Colombian photographers’ images have graced the walls of the U.N. General Assembly Building and the National Geographic Society, but for the children, the exhibits in their own communities are the most meaningful.


Native Life in the Americas: Artists' Views

May 4, 2011-February 28, 2012

Native Life showcased the work of important though not well-known artists who focused on various aspects of Native American life and culture.


House of Love, Dayanita Singh

House of Love: Photographic Fiction, Dayanita Singh

March 2, 2011-September 5, 2011

As the Museum’s 2008 Robert Gardner Photography Fellow, Dayanita Singh explored the human condition through images that began as a photographic diary and became the photographic fiction she titled House of Love

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masked festivals of canton boMasked Festivals of Canton Bo, Southwest Ivory Coast

May 27, 2009-March 31, 2011

Through rare drawings and photographs, along with masks from the Peabody Museum collections, Masked Festivals explores the different kinds of masked spirit forms and their performances.

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Spying on the Past: Declassified Satellite Images and Archaeology

April 29, 2010-January 30, 2011

Using declassified U.S. government spy satellite and aerial images, Harvard student archaeologists explore sites in Northern Mesopotamia and South America. These images are both visually arresting and potent archaeological tools. Four case studies in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Peru reveal complex early cities, extensive trackways, intricate irrigation canals and even traces of nomadic journeys.


Song for children artwork

Sacred Spaces: Reflections on a Sufi Path

October 22, 2009-April 3, 2010

Diane Moore of the Harvard Divinity School interviews the Curator Samina Quraeshi:Sacred Spaces: Reflections on a Sufi Path (audio and slide show)

"Song for Children." Mixed media. Samina Quraeshi, 2009


guy                        tillim imageAvenue Patrice Lumumba: Photographs by Guy Tillim

April 29, 2009-September 8, 2009


two boys with altar UFragile Memories: Images of Archaeology and Community at Copan, 1891–1900

June 4, 2008-April 6, 2009


Awatovi archaeologists dancingRemembering Awatovi: The Story of an Archaeological Expedition in Northern Arizona, 1935-1939

September 25, 2008-April 30, 2009


Tlingit SpoonsFeeding the Ancestors: Tlingit Carved Horn Spoons

May 2, 2008–April 25, 2008


Remix Poster

Remix: Indigenous Identities in the 21st Century

April 5, 2008–October 19, 2008


Samurai WarriorA Good Type: Tourism and Science in Early Japanese Photographs

October 25, 2007–April 30, 2008

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Archuen Kitchen Vanished Kingdoms: the Wulsin Photographs of Tibet, China, and Mongolia, 1921–1925

April 11, 2007–November 9, 2007


Rockefeller photograph of boys at playMichael Rockefeller: New Guinea Photographs, 1961

November 15, 2006–February 28, 2007


Mecklenburg Iron Age Collection A Noble Pursuit: The Duchess of Mecklenburg Collection from Iron Age Slovenia

April 19, 2006–September 4, 2006


Reconfiguring KoreaReconfiguring Korea: Roger Marshutz's Photographs of Pusan, 1952–1954

February 15, 2006–September 30, 2006


Moche of Ancient PeruThe Moche of Ancient Peru: Media and Messages

October 21, 2005–November 30, 2007


Gifts of the Great RiverGifts of the Great River: Arkansas Effigy Pottery from the Curtiss Collection

June 2, 2005–October 31, 2005


Native American DelegationBreaking the Silence: Native American Photography and Federal Indian Policy

April 14, 2005–December 31, 2005


Berber Triangular BroochImazighen! Beauty and Artisanship in Berber Life

December 2, 2004–August 30, 2006


Marsh Arabs of IraqField Photography: The Marsh Arabs of Iraq, 1934

October 21, 2004–February 28, 2005

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Bringing Japan to Boston ExhibitBringing Japan to Boston: The Edward S. Morse Collection

May 20, 2004–April 30, 2005


!Kung GirlRegarding the Kalahari: The Marshall Family and the Ju/'hoansi !Kung, 1950–1961

March 17, 2004–September 15, 2004


Nation to NationFrom Nation to Nation: Examining Lewis and Clark's Indian Collection

December 11, 2003–September 30, 2008


Prince of Alashan, MongoliaPortraits from China, 1923—1946: Photographers and Their Subjects

September 18, 2003–January 15, 2004


Mimbres PotteryPainted by a Distant Hand: Mimbres Pottery from the American Southwest

May 29, 2003–


Boots ExhibitThese Shoes Were Made for ... Walking?

February 7, 2003–February 2004

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Charles LummisCharles Fletcher Lummis: Southwestern Portraits, 1888-1896

October 18, 2002–August 31, 2003


Tapa ClothEmbedded Nature: Tapa Cloths from the Pacific Islands

March 6, 2002–August 1, 2003


Casts GalleryDistinguished Casts: Curating Lost Monuments at the Peabody Museum

October 3, 2001–February 1, 2004


heads and tales exhibitionHeads and Tales: Adornments from Africa

December 9, 1999-October 1, 2001