An occasional newsletter that highlights art issues, events and people with a focus on non-Western art, both past and present.  Content may include spotlight interviews and aggregated links to key art issues, museum news, etc. Past eNews are found in the Achives.


Creating Legacies

(10 mins) highlights the EAC’s 40+ years relationship with local museums, especially the Fowler Museum at UCLA and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

LA Collects! Trailer

(10 mins) features ten major EAC collectors and  their start as collectors, their distinct buying philosophy, and the future disposition of their collections.

Polly Nooter Roberts Dai-Sensei Award

(16 mins) Dr. Polly Nooter Roberts (UCLA & LACMA) receives EAC’s Dai-Sensei (Master Teacher) award in 2017 for her unique ability to teach about African art and culture through her stellar exhibitions.   View her passionate acceptance speech and see her personal and professional life enhanced by archival photos in this video.

LA Collects! Documentary

(30 mins documentary) interviews in depth significant EAC collectors whose passion for African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and Polynesian art in particular has inspired them to collect, learn the art and culture of diverse peoples, and create their legacy –  for many museums as well as well as for future art collectors.

Tony Berlant Ars Longa Award

(9 mins) On the 54th anniversary of the EAC, Tony Berlant is named the recipient of the Ars Longa Award which honors a person who has made a significant and lasting impact in the arts.  In a departure from more traditional award ceremonies, an original musical toast in the Gilbert and Sullivan tradition is delivered much to the delight of all.

Teaching Moments Videos

(1 – 9 min each) depicts five collectors who share their expertise in identifying and evaluating traits that make a piece authentic, aesthetic, and/or cultural signifiers.

Discoveries Series Videos

(5 – 7 min each) Julien Flak, a Paris art dealer, specializes in ancient arts from Africa, Oceania & North America.  He has co-authored books on the art of New Ireland, Alaska and the NW Coast, and on Africubism.  His gallery (Galerie Flak) was founded in 1990.

Minangkabau Looms and Textiles

(21 mins) A video presentation of some of the historic textiles and weaving techniques of the Minangkabau region in Sumatra. Drs. Sandra Sardjono and Chris Buckly are textile scholars who work with academic institutions and civic organizations to advance the knowledge of weaving traditions in the world.  Dr. Sardjono is also the founder of Tracing Pattern Foundation.

Tboli T’nalak – Small Talk Series

(14 mins) Independent researcher and collector, Craig Diamond, introduces the Tboli weavers of Mindanao in the Philippines.  This video focuses on the textiles and clothing derived from the abaca plant, the ikat dyes, and the patterns that characterizes the unique weaving of the Tboli people.

The Brutish Museums: Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence, and Cultural Restitution

(2 hrs 6 mins) A two hour program with author Dan Hicks on his NY Times “Best Art Book of 2020”- The Brutish Museums: Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence, and Cultural Restitution. Museum reps from the Hearst, de Young, and the Fowler join in a candid discussion of museum’s role in repatriation and efforts towards restorative justice.

Standard Bearers: Asafo Flags from Ghana, Past and Present

(1 hrs 26 mins) Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford of the V&A East discusses with renown collector Karun Thakar the history of Asafo flags, their meaning within the global textile art sphere, and the post-colonial dialogue to follow.

Looking Forward Through the Past: Native America Art Today

(1 hr 30 mins)  James Trotta-Bono highlights 17 contemporary artists who share a strong connection to their Native American ancestry. Unlike their artistic predecessors whose subject matters encompass the familiar  – the sunset mesas, teepees clusters, feather headdresses and heroic profiles – these artists employ different mediums, materials, and techniques in remarkable and unique ways that echo their past but are truly in the present.

Oceanic Art Connoisseurship: Six Factors Explained

(51 min) Michael Hamson, a renowned Oceanic art dealer, has made 46 extended trips over 15 years to Papua New Guinea to field collect and help write the art history of this region. To understand, appreciate, and evaluate the merits of Oceanic art, Hamson focuses on six factors that constitute what connoisseurship entails – from age, authenticity to provenance and quality in this lecture-demonstration.