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Sleeping Beauties: Headrests from the Fowler Museum at UCLA



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Sleeping Beauties: Headrests from the Fowler Museum at UCLA
New exhibition features African, East Asian, and Oceanic headrests from the collections of the Fowler Museum at UCLA


SAN FRANCISCO -- People all over the world spend nearly one-third of their lives sleeping, employing some type of pillow when resting.  From ancient periods to modern times, humans have made rigid pillows from a wide variety of materials, including stone, clay, wood, and bamboo.  Headrests were once a staple of domestic furniture, not only in many parts of Africa, but also in Asia and Oceania.  Within the constraints of their size and shape, these intimate objects reflect the aesthetics of their respective cultures and function in symbolic as well as utilitarian ways.  From Zairian and Melanesian figurative, wooden headrests to Chinese delicately glazed porcelain and Japanese rattan-woven pillows, a variety of headrests are on display.


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Sleeping Beauties: Headrests 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 June 9, 2012 to December 9, 2012.  There is no charge to view the exhibition.


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