MELBOURNE, FLORIDA.- The Brevard Museum of Art and Science presents the exhibit Amazon Feather Work through October 29. People have lived in the Amazon Basin in South America for thousands of years. Many of these indigenous tribes have had little contact with the outside world, though their way of life is increasingly threatened by the destruction of the Rainforest. However, their artwork, colorful feather work, basketry, and items of personal adornment, remain unique.
This exhibition offers a glimpse into the culture and arts of the native tribes of the Amazon. Their artwork is often unseen by westerners and increasingly rare.
The Brevard Museum of Art and Science opened its doors on March 14,1978, with three galleries in 4,500 square feet of exhibition space. In 1986, a considerably larger contemporary museum space was attained which houses seven spacious galleries, encompassing more than 7,000 square feet. The Museum complex includes the Harris Auditorium, two Museum Shops, the Foosaner Educational Wing, Science Center and Art Museum.
The Brevard Museum of Art and Science features exhibitions by internationally and nationally known artists as well as Florida artists representing a variety of styles, periods, and media.
The Museum's multiple gallery spaces allow for simultaneous exhibitions or the showcasing of a spectacular work, an individual artist or a special theme exhibition. The Art Museum presents eight to ten exhibitions per year. Many of the exhibitions come from private and public collections or corporate collections. Many exhibitions are curated in-house to better serve the needs and interests of our visiting public. Visits to the exhibitions are enhanced by gallery videos, Gallery Guides and publications, and docent led tours.
Collections at the Art Museum include contemporary works by many American artists including the stunning kinetic work of Lin Emery, playful color collages of Miriam Schapiro, the architechtonic nostalgic assemblage of Louise Nevelson and George Snyder's patterned tubular structures.
A survey of many cultures can also be found in the collections through Japanese vases, Egyptian statuettes, African and Burmese masks, Tibetan costumes, and Chinese porcelain.
While at the Museum complex explore the historic area in the Museum neighborhood. A walking tour includes antique shops, bookstores, music shops, a coffee house, restaurants, and a fishing pier. Across the street on the Indian River is Pineapple Park with picnic and playground facilities and the Eau Gallie Library.
The Science Center was added to the Museum program in 1995. Adjacent to the Foosaner Educational Wing, the Science Center offers over 30 hands-on interactive exhibits focusing on the physical sciences.