Peabody2 satellite gallery opens at 1 Broadway

As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History has opened a satellite gallery, dubbed Peabody2, at 1 Broadway in New Haven.Peabody2, which is free and open to the public, aims to create awareness of the history and collections of the museum, which is located at 170 Whitney Ave.The exhibition on view, “Identity, Difference, and Understanding: Lessons from Oceania and Southeast Asia,” showcases the Peabody’s collections from New Guinea, Philippines, Indonesia and Australia.

Carved from a single piece of wood and standing nearly four feet tall, this debating stool depicts a standing male figure with inlaid shell eyes. Never designed for sitting, the stools are used during formal debates by the Iatmul people of the middle Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea. The debates occur in the presence of the village’s most prominent ancestor, depicted on the stool’s back.

The exhibition seeks to suggest new ways of thinking about what ethnographic art has to tell us about distant peoples, times, and places,” say the organizers. “As you view the artwork here, we encourage you to ask: What am I seeing? Why was it made? And how and why did it come to be here? It is our hope that this exhibition will contribute to ongoing discussions about pressing questions of identity, difference, and understanding in society at large.”

Peabody2 will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

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