Monday, August 4, 2008

The Reports of Tiki's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated


Tiki-style may not be dead, but don't tell that to world-famous mortuary Forest Lawn. Because beginning August 8th at the Forest Lawn Museum (museum?!) at the cemetery's Glendale, CA location, Forest Lawn will present "The Exotic World of Tiki Art." Decribed as " a fascinating juxtaposition between the old and the new, between the traditional Oceanic art made by the native peoples of the Pacific Islands and the entire gamut of second-generation Pan-Polynesian artifacts that embellished restaurants and bars from the 1940s through the mid-1970s," the 5-month exhibition will feature " traditional Oceanic Tikis, featuring Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian figurative carvings and photography of Tiki archeology in their original settings; Tiki Americana, featuring 20th century American carvings and paintings in the spirit of the romantic South Seas; and current 21st century tiki artists."

And what a list of artists! Mark Ryden, Shag, Anthony Ausgang, and many more. And the show will be curated by art and tiki experts Jeff Fox and Douglas Nason of Copro/Nason Gallery. The museum is located at 1712 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205, and admission is free. For more info, call 1-800-204-3131.

The Exotic World of Tiki Art at the Forest Lawn Museum

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