A Third of the World in Three Rooms—Redesigning the Oceanic Galleries

The Pacific encompasses hundreds of artistic traditions and over one thousand distinct cultures, and covers about one-third of the earth's surface. After an extensive three-year renovation, the Museum's galleries for Oceanic Art reopened in November 2007, brighter, more modern, and more accessible. Curator Eric Kjellgren considers some of the Met's major Oceanic works, and describes the process of redesigning the space for one of the world's premier collections of arts from the Pacific Islands.

Eric Kjellgren, Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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