African, Oceanic and Meso-American Treasures is an extraordinary collection of 40 sculptures, masks, ritual objects, and other artifacts. To tribes in places like New Guinea and Gabon, these objects were the props for everyday life. Displayed in the West at the beginning of the 20th century, these pieces awed artists such as Picasso just as a cluster of UFOs might fascinate an observer today. Primitivism, the notion that life was better during prehistoric times, influenced the Dadaists, Surrealists, and German Expressionists, among many others. Even though this exhibit draws artwork from the museums permanent collection, some items have never before been displayed.
An Unfinished Conversation runs until January 10, and African, Oceanic and Meso-American Treasures until May 2. Admission costs $8 or less. Hours are Tuesday from Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 561-392-2500, or visit bocamuseum.org.
Tue., Nov. 24, 10 a.m.; Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: Nov. 24. Continues through Jan. 10, 2009