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Conversations with Curators: Pam McClusky

Jun 16 2021

Seattle Art Museum


5 PM – 6 PM

Queen Idia: Who is she, and why does a continent want her back?

Pam McClusky / Curator of African and Oceanic Art

An international icon of African art is displayed in SAM’s 4th floor galleries. How she came to be in Seattle is a story filled with pain and pride, now leading to a quest to return her to her original home in a royal palace. Should museums approach such challenges as a controversy? Or is this a time to collaborate and consider restitution? A conversation with an international colleague will help answer these questions.

Enjoy this member-exclusive virtual talk from the comfort of your own home!

Image: Belt Mask of Iyoba (Mother of the Oba) Idia, ca. 1517 - 1550, Nigerian, Benin Kingdom, ivory, 4 3/4 x 9 3/16 in., Gift of Katherine White and the Boeing Company, 81.17.493.

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