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Doors: Entryways to World Cultures from the Fowler Museum at UCLA



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Associate Deputy Airport Director
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San Francisco International Airport 


Doors: Entryways to World Cultures from the Fowler Museum at UCLA
New exhibition depicts the artistry and range of meanings and uses that people from around the world have applied to doors


SAN FRANCISCO -- As a necessary architectural element throughout the world, doors separate and define space, facilitating passage between interior and exterior, private and public, sacred and secular. Rather than simply serving utilitarian purposes, the carved, embossed, and painted portals on display from Africa, Asia, and South America from the collection of the Fowler Museum at UCLA illustrate an extraordinary array of forms and motifs. Most examples are made of wood and are embellished with imagery such as animals, mythical beings, human figures or abstract designs. From the Yoruba of Nigeria to the Toraja of Indonesia, numerous cultures have transformed doors, elevating them from ubiquitous forms to individual works of art. Dating from the nineteenth to early twentieth centuries, this exhibition presents house, ceremonial, tomb, granary, and palace doors.


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Doors: Entryways to World Cultures from the Fowler Museum at UCLA is located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby, San Francisco International Airport. The exhibition is on view to all Airport visitors from March 10, 2014 to September 7, 2014. There is no charge to view the exhibition.


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