Celebrations Around the World & International Santas
December 6 – February 22, 2014
The Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures proudly presents Celebrations Around the World & International Santas in its temporary exhibit. This festive and colorful exhibit highlights unique holidays and cultural traditions from other countries. View the familiar, such as Germany’s Oktoberfest, and learn about Tibet’s Shoton, to discover how it is related to opera.
Jack Curfman, legendary exhibition designer and professor emeritus, Colorado State University, is the guest curator and exhibition installer. Curfman explained, “The art, artifacts, decorations, and masks are displayed in the order of the months of the year in which the holidays are celebrated. My concept for the exhibition was to use large, colorful panels to separate each month, as colors are important in celebrations to get people in a festive mood. I want this to be an exciting experience and stir up the emotions.”
Santa Claus is a global phenomenon that has evolved over many centuries. Our display of International Santas features representations from several cultures who have adapted the “jolly ol’ man” for traditions in their countries.