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FYI: Before we lay down the 411 on our latest exhibit, you may want to have this skater lingo dictionary handy. You’re welcome.
Are you a newbie to skate culture? No sweat, we’ll teach you the ramps! “Ramp It Up! Skateboard Culture in Native America” is an exhibition by the Smithsonian Institute that shows the sick bond between Native American youth culture and the boarding scene. The exhibit features 20 skate decks from Native companies and contemporary artists, plus rare images and video of Native skaters.
“Ramp It Up!” will be rolling into the Sam Noble Museum’s Higginbotham Gallery on Feb. 8, where it will hang ‘til June 15. How rad is that?
Why It Matters
We’ll let Jake tackle this one.
Family-friendly activities ✔
A live paint by three Native artists ✔
Silent auction ✔
Get stoked! We’re hosting a free “Ramp It Up!” special event at the museum on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and you’re officially invited! We’re partnering with the Jacobson House Native Art Center, so you know it’s gonna’ be sweet. Don’t worry – we’ll be sure to send the deets your way soon!
Can’t get enough of the action? Right on! Check out Skateboard Nation, a series of minivids from the Smithsonian Institute. Now remember, nobody likes a boggart - so take a break from the daily grind and bring your friends and family to this insane exhibit!
So, are you on board?
Finally, it’s Wednesday! We know you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting for today’s #ITTB. Well, you’re in luck. Today’s artifact, submitted by the ethnology department, has quite a rich and far-reaching history. You won’t be disappointed.
Today’s Inside the Treasure Box selection comes from far across the Atlantic Ocean. This gorgeous mosaic dates to the 2nd century AD and hails from the House of Cilicia at Seleucia Pieria, the harbor of ancient Antioch in Turkey. Archaeologists from Princeton University excavated much of this ancient city in the late 1930s. This mosaic served as the flooring of a triclinium, or dining room, and it represents a personification of the Roman territory of Kilikia, or Cilicia.
Traditionally, in a triclinium, there are three couches arranged in a U-shape along three walls of the room to produce an open area in the center of the room, used for serving food to guests. The area underneath the couches would be decorated with relatively simple designs while the central area of the triclinium would often feature the most elaborate portion of the mosaic, to be the focal point of any banquet.
Want to know the best part about today’s selection? Unlike many of our other ITTB gems, which are too fragile or rare to be placed on display, this Turkish mosaic has a permanent home just outside the Brown Gallery. Coincidentally, the Brown Gallery is also the home to our newest exhibit, Masterworks of Native American Art. This exhibit features the latest chapter in Native American fine art, highlighting works from 1960 to the present.
A selection from the “Masterworks” exhibit
With such exquisite culture right around the corner, a trip to the museum is a must for you and your kin. But before you grab your keys and head on over, there’s one last thing! Don’t forget to tune in next week for part four of this eleven-week series. We’re not giving anything away, but you might want to brush up your history, starting with 310 million years ago. That should keep you busy until next week, right? Good. We’ll see you on Wednesday!