In this issue:

BROOK ANDREW: EYE TO EYE
BEYOND THE CURRENTS: THE CULTURE AND POWER OF SULU
FROM OUR BOOKS & GIFTS CORNER:
PHILIPPINE ETHNIC PATTERNS: A DESIGN SOURCEBOOK
IN FOCUS:
AMORSOLO'S SPANISH CONQUISTADOR
HOLIDAY HOURS
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BROOK ANDREW: EYE TO EYE

Black and White Special Cut
Bridgeway Gallery and Foyer
Ongoing until August 30


The first major survey of Brook Andrew's work, Eye to Eye interrogates the politics of difference and the implications of "the gaze." Reflecting on global mass media and traditional grassroots aesthetics, Andrew asks us to consider the construction of history and power, identity, and invisibiliy

Brook Andrew is a Australian artist who works with neon, installation, photography, performance, and video. He challenges cultural and historical perception, using text and image to comment on issues regarding race, consumerism, and history.

BEYOND THE CURRENTS: THE CULTURE AND POWER OF SULU

Gold bangle excavated
from a Sulu shipwreck
Cone Room and Dragon Gallery
Ongoing until September 24


A different side of Sulu—the archipelago's rich history and culture—is unveiled in Beyond the Currents. The islands of Sulu boast a long history of power and a colorful traditional culture. The Sulu Sultanate was once at the heart of a major trade zone, bridging European powers and Southeast Asia to the Philippines and China. At some points in history, the Sultanate controlled parts of Indonesia, Borneo, and Palawan.

Beyond the Currents presents the Sulu's culture and geographical reach. Archival photographs, maps, jewelry, armor, weaponry, textiles, and traditional arts from private collections and museum partners serve as testimony to Sulu's might and pursuit of rights and liberty.

FROM OUR BOOKS & GIFTS CORNER:
PHILIPPINE ETHNIC PATTERNS: A DESIGN SOURCEBOOK
By the Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines
22 x 28 cm, 355 pages, Black and white with some full color images, Softbound

P1,500

Style guides and pattern books are not new. They were widely published and used in 19th century Europe and America as guides to craftspeople, homebuilders, and architects. Philippine Ethnic Patterns follows this long tradition, helping designers in today's creative industries. It is the only sourcebook of design motifs culled from Philippine traditional arts and crafts.

The design sourcebook reduces local motifs into simple images, serving as inspiration for products and projects. From Neal Oshima's photographs of the National Museum ethnographic collections, abstracts were traced to show patterns that can be readily used. With the help of social scientist Dr. Jesus Peralta, the patterns are clustered according to material, process, and origin.

Philippine Ethnic Patterns is available at our Books & Gifts Corner in line with our major theme, Design as Art, Art as Design. Visit our shop at the museum lobby or call us at 889-1234 for more titles.

IN FOCUS:
AMORSOLO'S SPANISH CONQUISTADOR


Spanish Conquistador, Fernando Amorsolo (1892 - 1972, National Artist for Visual Arts), 1928, Oil on canvas, 30.5 x 38.1 cm.


Although renowned for his brilliantly lit landscapes and smiling maidens, Fernando Amorsolo was also famous for his historical paintings. This portrait of a Spanish conquistador is among those inspired by figures and events in Philippine history. Amorsolo was said to have undertaken painstaking research that included reading 16th century Spanish accounts of the Philippines, consulting with prominent scholars, and finding visual sources on costumes, arms, and armor that would have been worn by Ferdinand Magellan and his men. Many of Amorsolo's works which depicted early contact between conquistadores and the Philippines were a delicate balance of history and the painter's imagination.

See other portraits by Amorsolo in the upcoming exhibit Mukhang Tsinoy. Opening in October, the show is presented by the Yuchengco Museum as part of His Art, Our Heart, an eight-museum four-month Amorsolo retrospective.

HOLIDAY HOURS
When planning your visit to the museum this August, please keep in mind that we will be closed on Sundays and on the following holidays:

  • August 18, Monday (Ninoy Aquino Day)
  • August 25, Monday (National Heroes Day)
Otherwise, we are open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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