The Global Language of Headwear
Member opening reception Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, @ 6pm
On view Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023 – Feb. 17, 2024
The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality explores the vital role of ceremonial headwear throughout diverse cultural customs, beliefs, and rituals. Featuring approximately 89 hats and headdresses from 43 different countries spanning five continents, and organized into five distinct categories—Cultural Identity; Power, Prestige, and Status; Ceremonies and Celebrations; Spiritual Beliefs; and Protection—this exhibition showcases these mutual themes amid a range of traditions. The beliefs and rituals of these many cultures, and the ceremonial objects that accompany them, ultimately unite an international community.
The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality was jointly organized by Stacey W. Miller and International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC