Joy Timken Photography Exhibit to be Displayed in Crandall Art Gallery

April 09, 2010

The work of artist Joy Timken, "The Vanishing World of Irian Jaya," will be on display in Mount Union College's Crandall Art Gallery from February 16 - March 14.


This selection of photographs depicts tribal life on the central highlands of the Indonesian island, Irian Jaya. Canton photographer Joy Timken lived among the people of the Baliem Valley of Irian Jaya (formerly West New Guinea) for three weeks during November of 1989. The remote valley is home to the native Dani, a Stone Age culture that exists today much as it did thousands of years ago.

Timken's photographs present a case study in cultural anthropology, illustrating the social structure, subsistence methods and values of the Dani. The exhibit includes a number of cultural artifacts including stone tools and personal adornments.

"The Vanishing World of Irian Jaya" was part of the Festival of Indonesia, an 18-month celebration of the archipelago nation's rich cultural heritage comprised of films, exhibitions, and performances across the United States.

A public reception will be held in honor of Timken on Saturday, February 28 from 4-6 p.m. in Crandall Art Gallery.

Crandall Art Gallery is located within Cope Music Hall, on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 6 p.m. The Gallery is free and open to the public.

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