Ex­hibit ex­plores rise of Tiki cul­ture

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - THE WEST -

LOS AN­GE­LES — The rise of Tiki cul­ture in 1950s Amer­ica in the af­ter­math of World War II is ex­plored in a new ex­hibit that opened Fri­day.

“The Art of Tiki” ex­hi­bi­tion, at the La Luz de Je­sus Gallery in the Los An­ge­les neigh­bor­hood of Los Feliz, is show­cas­ing ev­ery­thing from Tiki-style fur­ni­ture and totems to mod­ern art, based on cul­tural ar­ti­facts from Poly­ne­sia and Me­lane­sia.

“Some of the pieces have el­e­ments of sci-fi. Some pieces have other el­e­ments of mid-cen­tury that aren’t re­ally Tiki but be­cause they come from that same era, seem some­how fa­mil­iar and they’re re­ally good neigh­bors,” gallery di­rec­tor Matt Kennedy told Reuters. For twenty years, Tiki items first brought over to the U.S. by Amer­i­can sol­diers that served in the South Pa­cific, found their way into Amer­i­can houses un­til it was deemed cul­tur­ally in­sen­si­tive, Kennedy said. It re-emerged in pop cul­ture through Tiki-themed bars.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Oct. 29.

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