Southeast Asia shown through art


This piece is the Khon Mask from the Ramayana Play, a papier-mâché/glass piece from Thailand. This piece was feature at the Transnational Identity gallery in Altgeld Hall.

By Beth Schumacher

This fall, the Hallcase Gallery at the NIU Art Museum in Altgeld Hall is home to the Transnational Identity: Performing Arts of Southeast Asia exhibit. In connection with the Southeast Asian studies conferences happening this fall on campus, the Hallcase exhibit encompasses the different cultures of performing arts in Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma.

Artifacts of the performing arts for each country are displayed, giving a detailed history of each culture to those who visit.

“I learned a lot about the people and their cultures from the exhibit,” said senior anthropology major and museum attendant Mari Oates. “I like the diversity and walk away with a lot of information.”

The exhibit truly does give a fun and interesting insight into the Southeastern Asian culture, an area with which some students may not be familiar.

The exhibit will be at the Art Museum in Altgeld Hall until November 17. The museum is free and open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday. A reception with the exhibit curators will be held 4:30 to 6 p.m. September 13. Refreshments will be provided.