From “Artificial Curiosities” to Art Extraordinaire in
Africa, Oceania, Asia & the Americas
October 10, 2020 • 11 am – 12: 30pm Zoom
Join us for a return engagement with Anthony JP Meyer, a Paris based but LA born
international art dealer specializing in Oceanic, Eskimo, and Pacific cultures.
Anthony will trace the emergence of the artificial curiosities and their evolution into a world
recognized art form, beginning with the European explorers’ first encounters with the source
cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in the 15th Century, the appearance of the
cabinets of curiosities formed largely by members of the upper class, and the dealers,
collectors, and museums that played a significant role in the history and development of the
early art market. He will also discuss the future of these artworks as a cultural signifier and a
viable market option as it is being tested today by social justice movements and new
government policies and regulation.