Remove yourself for a minute from the stifling minutiae of modern American civilization. Close your eyes and reach out to a more primal humanitywhich happens to be a few hundred miles west of California. Bowers Museums newest exhibit, Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands, brings to life the artistic rituals and rich traditions of myriad cultures of the Pacific IslandsPolynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. These treasures define us as a species, says Chris Rainier, a seasoned photographer who documented the Pacifics indigenous tribes. Each artifact serves as an act of daily survival: birth, marriage, warfare, life, death, payback compensation and daily food supply. The presence of these objects is overwhelming. This exhibit boasts more than 150 unique pieces, including masks, tools of the shaman, weapons and currency.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 1 p.m., 2010