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Tatau: Marks of Polynesia

[Salt Lake City, UT] Sure.

  • An exhibition organized by LA’s Japanese American National Museum.
  • About Samoa’s 2000-year-old Indigenous art form of tattoo.
  • On view at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
  • In Salt Lake City, Utah.

This makes all the sense in the world.

“Tatau: Marks of Polynesia” is an exhibition on the pivotal role of tattoos in preserving Samoan culture.

Photographs, paintings, artifacts, and videos highlight the work of traditional tatau masters. The exhibition also shines light on younger practitioners and artists who are adopting tatau’s motifs and styles for new media and art forms.

Events and programming celebrating tatau will round out the museum experience.

In addition to its daytime hours, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts is open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. #EveryMuseum in America could stay open late at least once a month. Most do not. We appreciate UMFA’s inclusivity.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts presents “Tatau: Marks of Polynesia,” Aug. 12 – Dec. 30, 2023, at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Ink it in your calendar.


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