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Highlights of the Collection: Peking Opera Robe

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The amazing colors, juxtapositions of images, and metamorphic potential of this costume continue to provide a window into the splendor of Beijing opera today.

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Bird Vase by Peter Voulkos

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Peter Voulkos Bird Vase, 1958 Stoneware, glazed 9 x 15 x 15 in. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Scripps College, Claremont, CA Peter Voulkos is regarded as one of the most important ceramists of the 20th century. His career reshaped the role of ceramics, pushing it into the arena of fine arts. After […]

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Kingfisher Hair Ornament

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Crafted in the 19th century and consisting of copper inlaid with kingfisher feathers, this decorative hairpin reveals much about the society in which it was produced.

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Doug Humble: Smashing Cups

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Photo by Susan Einstein Douglas Humble Untitled (Broken Cups and Saucers), n.d. Porcelain 4 5/8 x 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Scripps College, Claremont, CA In a recent interview, Douglas Humble described his artistic processes as freeform and spontaneous: “I like to work with the material and […]

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The Highlights of the Collection: Noh Theater Robe

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The robe is decorated with wisteria flowers and fans with maple leaves, motifs dating back to the Heian period (c. 794–1185 CE) and associated with feminine refinement, elegance, and sensitivity.

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Artists in the Collection: John T. Scott

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A sort of jack-of-all-trades, the breadth of John T. Scott’s artistic mastery includes drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture; his subject matter ranges from self-portraiture to work with important political and social messages.

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Highlights of the Collection: Letter to the World

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Photographer Barbara Morgan translates the brilliance of Martha Graham into a black-and-white image.

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Highlights of the Collection: Berenice Abbott, Murray Hill Hotel

Murray Hill Hotel’s composition seems indebted to modernist photography of the period.

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Highlights of the Collection: Marilyn Levine, F.M. Case

Marilyn Levine, F.M. Case, 1981, stoneware, glazed, 4 3/4 in. x 9 3/8 in. x 8 in., gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer, Scripps College

Ceramicist Marilyn Levine and stand-up comedian George Carlin both imbued their art with a working class humor.

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Highlights of the Collection: Ansel Adams, Winter Sunrise

Ansel Adams, Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine, California, c. 1944, 14 3/4 x 19 in., gelatin silver print, gift of Virginia Adams, Scripps College

Ansel Adams woke before dawn for five days in order to capture the key moment of sunrise over the Sierra.

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