tradition and modernity
Creativity frequently springs from the movement of people, ideas, and objects across frontiers and boundaries and into places deemed new, foreign, strange, or remote. These encounters produce highly charged, often violent, contact zones, stimulating the desire to collect, to map, to trade, and to possess. We investigate the things that result from such encounters and the ways in which these things affect the people who make, recreate, and use them. Areas of inquiry include exploration and enlightenment, pilgrimage, status goods and consumerism, the “biography” of objects, and cross-cultural fusion and resistance.