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William C. Siegmann, Curator Emeritus of the Arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands at the Brooklyn Museum, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2011. During his tenure at Brooklyn, from 1987 to 2007, Bill acquired over 1600 objects for the museum, a prolific record of considered connoisseurship that is unmatched in the history of Brooklyn’s African and Pacific Island collections. read more »
Peter Gathercole, a founding member of the Pacific Arts Association, passed away on the evening of 11 October. He was Curator (ie Director) of Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge from 1970 to 1981, and then was Dean at Darwin College, Cambridge. Previously he worked at Otago University in New Zealand and the Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford. read more »
Professor Roger Neich. Loved and loving husband of Limasene, father of Kay, son of Augustus and Kathleen, brother of Pam and the late Barrie Ryan, Gary and Joan. Uncle, cousin, friend and colleague to many. Alofa tele Dad. You'll be forever with us in worlds you helped us open up. Thanks for the skills, compassion and friendship of staff at Auckland Hospital, Mercy Hospice and the Cancer Society. read more »
Maori weaving expert Mick (Michael John) Pendergrast died on June 27, 2010 after a long illness in his 78th year. Loved and respected uncle, best friend and mentor of Andrew and Clare ("Clarabell"). Devoted master and companion of Jack.
Pendergrast’s book Maori basketry for beginners, now known as Te Mahi Kete, was first published in 1975. He has since published numerous other books on Maori and Pacific fibre arts.
A funeral service was held Saturday, July 3, 2010 at the Manukau Memorial Gardens in South Auckland.
For a list of publications by Mr. Pendergrast, please click here.
Born Belfort, Russia 05/10/29
Died Port Vila, Vanuatu 02/05/10
Nicolai Michoutouckine an artist of international repute, a collector and promoter of Pacific arts for many decades passed away 2nd of May 2010. Michoutouchkine was a gregarious and generous person who dedicated much of his waking moments appreciating, collecting and creating art, during his journey he made friends easily and encouraged many across the world to appreciate the arts of the Pacific, both contemporary and traditional. read more »
Header photos (left to right): Performance by Te Pua O Feani, July 21, 2005; Children's Story (Water Dreaming of Two Children), Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, acrylic on composition board, 1972; IL IAMB NAI? POMBRAL MOLGA KUNDUL AL? WHO IS THIS PERSON? BLACK OR WHITE? Performance by Michael Mel, April 28, 2007. Rotator photos (numbers one through four): Fiji Project gathering in front of a Masi Kesa from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University, Re-presenting Pacific Art. Edited by Karen Stevenson and Virginia-Lee Webb, Australia: Crawford House Publishing, 2010, Dan Taulapapa McMillin, 'O Taulaitu, Acrylic transfer collage and oil paint on canvas, 2012, PAA 11th International Symposium at the University of British Columbia, 2013.