Florina Capistrano-Baker, Consulting Curator, Arts of the Pacific

Sculptures, textiles, and paintings from regions traditionally known as Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, and Island Southeast Asia are illuminated within local contexts while simultaneously tracing interregional connections to mainland Asian cultures. The reinstallation of the Arts of the Pacific Gallery explores widespread themes such as protection, regeneration, transition, and transformation through artistic interpretations of the human figure and visual expressions linked to the supernatural, bridging spiritual and earthly realms.

Florina H. Capistrano-Baker is author of Art of Island Southeast Asia: The Fred and Rita Richman Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1994), and Getty Research Institute Scholar for the 2013-2014 theme “Connecting Seas: Cultural and Artistic Exchange.” She received the Ph.D. from the Department of Art History andArchaeology, Columbia University, and is Consulting Curator, Arts of the Pacific, in the Arts of Asia, Oceania and Africa Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Image: Ceremonial Seat (Osa Osa), Nias, Indonesia, mid-20th century, stone and pigments. Bequest of William E. Teel, 2014.244

About the Instructor

Speaker: Florina Capistrano-Baker