Paul Michael Taylor

Paul Michael Taylor
Smithsonian Institution · Department of Anthropology

Doctor of Philosophy

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Paul Michael Taylor currently works at the Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution. Paul Taylor does research in Cultural Anthropology, Material Culture Studies, Medical Anthropology, Historical Anthropology, Ethnobiology, and Asian Studies. For more information on his publications see: https://si.academia.edu/PaulMichaelTaylor

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"Plaited Arts" are a little studied topic in the arts of Thailand, perhaps because the subject matter is located within the often overlooked zone between "ethnographic" or "applied" arts, on the one hand, and "fine art" on the other. Here we examine the plaited arts of basketry and plant-fibre mats, which formed a major part of the royal gifts from...
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This volume compiles in a succinct and visually compelling way a lasting record of the remarkable collection of Punjabi artworks and historical memorabilia representing the cultural history of the Punjab, assembled by Dr. Parvinderjit Singh Khanuja and his family. Dr. Khanuja has added here his personal perspectives on the historical importance and...
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Citation: Collecting the Arts of the Punjab: Art and Identity for the Sikh Diaspora in Singapore and Beyond. (By P.M. Taylor and Sonia Dhami) Pp. 18-23 [+ cumulative bibliography, pp. 344-347] in: Sikhs in Singapore -- A Story Untold (Tan Tai Yong, ed.). Singapore: Indian Heritage Centre, 2022. We are honoured to participate in the present exhibiti...
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This paper first surveys the range of museum responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic, providing some statistics on museum closures, visitations, and furloughs, as well as the dramatic changes we have witnessed in museum access and crowd management, “special events,” in-person vs. telework arrangements, and many other museum functions during the...
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When the editors of “Literature and Art of Turkmenistan” asked me to write a short article reflecting upon this tenth anniversary of my cultural heritage activities in Turkmenistan, I instantly agreed, though I realized it would be impossible to compress a detailed account of our joint activities into one short article. So instead, I take this oppo...
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When asked by the Embassy of Kazakhstan to contribute an article about the Smithsonian’s partnerships with Kazakhstan (and especially our recent exhibition and publication with the Kasteyev Museum in Almaty), for this recently established online publication series for the Abai Center, I quickly agreed. Our Smithsonian research team has long been ac...
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Overshadowed by the immense cultural patrimony of Italy, within its extensive museum systems, many historically significant nineteenth-century Italian ethnographic collections from non-western peoples have remained ‘dormant’ and largely unknown to museum scholars until recently. The world’s first ‘museum of anthropology’ was founded in Florence, in...
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[From: 50th anniversary edition of "Arts of Asia."]* [This article appears within the larger anniversary feature: “Arts of Asia Fiftieth Anniversary: Featuring Fifty Favourite Objects, Selected by Experts in the Asian Art World” (pp. 57-110).] When asked by the Editor of "Arts of Asia" to select one artwork for the 50th anniversary edition of this...
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The International Scholarly Symposium on Kazakhstan's Crafts and Creative Economy, held in Washington, D.C., on October 4, 2019, was an important landmark in cultural and academic relations between Kazakhstan and the U.S.A. Our Washington symposium was designed to bring together researchers from both institutions, with five speakers from each museu...
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"Kazakhstan's Crafts and Creative Economy", jointly published by the Kasteyev Museum of Arts (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and the Asian Cultural History Program, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C., USA) presents papers delivered at the international scholarly symposium of the same title held in Washington, DC, on October 4, 2019, along with addition...
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This paper derives from the joint Smithsonian Institution-A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts symposium, "Kazakhstan's Crafts and Creative Economy", as one example of the Smithsonian’s contributions in response to the outstanding papers presented by our Kazakhstani colleagues about that topic. Our joint conference was held at the National Building Mus...
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This article examines some significant yet little‐known early anthropological achievements in Italy. These include the world's first museum of anthropology, founded in 1869 by Paolo Mantegazza (1831–1910) at Florence (Firenze), Italy, where that same year he also established Italy's (and the world's) first cattedra (university professorship) of ant...
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This paper revisits and reassesses two enigmatic archival photographs taken in the 1890s showing Japanese katana, or samurai swords, in situ with American Indians in the northern Great Plains. Both have been published, correctly presented as enticing unexplained oddities in nineteenth-century Indian possession. The katana seen hanging on a wall of...
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ART COLLECTORS, like works of art, have diverse influences and inspirations. They also often flourish in unexpected places, and have unique or individual variations of the collecting passion. For Dr Parvinder Singh Khanuja of Phoenix, Arizona, his Sikh religion and background emphasise the importance of the virtue called "seva" in Punjabi, often tr...
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Published in: OST Science Review (January 2019), pp. 16-26.. (Washington, D.C.: Royal Thai Embassy, Office of Science and Technology; [and] Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, Thailand.) http://ost.thaiembdc.org/th1/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/OSTNews_Jan_2019.pdf ============================================ I have been...
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Accompanying an exhibition held at the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club (New York, NY), June 18 - July 5, 2019. Catalog text by curators Sonya Bekkerman and Marina Kovalyov, added text by Paul Michael Taylor ("Central Asian Arts: Treasure Troves of Inspiration and Design"). Published by the Russian American Foundation (New York). Published...
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Introduction (by Paul M. Taylor) to the book "The Japji of Guru Nanak: A New Translation with Commentary" by Rupinder S. Brar. The Japji is by far the best-known work of Guru Nanak (1469-1539)-– poet, philosopher, historian, composer, First Sikh Guru and founder of the Sikh faith. Many Sikhs recite its sacred verses daily. Its title derives from th...
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This article presents information about Trang in southern Thailand from two trips there by the American naturalist William Louis Abbott (1860-1936), focusing on twelve locally used musical instruments Abbott collected in 1896 on his first visit. A second visit (late December 1898 to March 1899) provided another opportunity for him to record observa...
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This article describes a unique grouping of seventy-one artworks, and examples of tools used for their production, collectively termed "Theatrical Images" when presented as royal gifts from King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) for display at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The US Navy prepared and printed copies of an English translation of...
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This 2018 exhibition of calligraphic works by the Korean-American artist Kwon Myoung-won (whose “artist’s name" is Mook Jae), held at Seoul's National Hangeul Museum, allows the work of this expressive and innovative American artist to be seen and enjoyed in his other homeland, Korea. The themes of home and homeland, and of a single person's multip...
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This richly illustrated tri-lingual volume (in English, Kazakh, and Russian) introduces the range and quality of art in modern Kazakhstan. We present a brief biography and commentary on sixty diverse artists from throughout that country, alongside examples of the artworks each has created. We recognize that any one book can only include a small por...
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This article presents for the first time transcriptions with illustrations of eleven examples of Thai royal correspondence dated 1853-1868, including six previously unpublished and two published but minimally accessible handwritten letters from King Mongkut and from “Second King” Phra Pinklao to Sir John Bowring and his son Edgar Bowring. The lette...
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This paper introduces an important group of unpublished ethnographic and archival materials deriving from two expeditions to Baltistan by the American naturalist collector William Louis Abbott (1860-1935), the first in 1891-1892 and the second in 1912. This paper presents Abbott as a particular type of scientific explorer (the American-naturalist‖)...
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"Pipelines to Cultural Heritage", edited with an Introduction by Paul Michael Taylor, brings together the papers presented at an international workshop on the archaeology of the BTC-SCP Pipeline Corridors, held from April 20-23, 2010, in Baku, Azerbaijan, as one part of the collaborative work done by the Smithsonian Institution and the Institute of...
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This document presents this paper’s complete text from the 2011 web-format publication in the online journal "Internet Archaeology", reformatted here as a single PDF. Hyperlinks in this PDF lead to pages within that journal’s website presenting ancillary documents (including site reports), photographs, and Figures cited. Re-formatted publication (2...
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[Also published in French, q.v.] From: "Arts & Cultures" 2018: pp. 210-223. (Geneva: Barbier-Mueller Museum). Purchase full journal at: http://www.barbier-mueller.ch/store/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=192 = = = = = = = = = = = This paper presents some results of recent research on the Madagascar collections assembled in the 1890s...
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[French translation of "Ancestral Plaited Mats of Madagascar" as published in: "Arts & Cultures" 2018: pp. 210-223, French edition.] (Genève: Musée Barbier-Mueller). Purchase full journal at: http://www.barbier-mueller.ch/store/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=191 = = = = = = = = = = = L’objet de cet article est de faire part aux lect...
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This is P.M. Taylor's edited and annotated translation of "Ternate: The Residency and its Sultanate", by F.S.A. de Clercq. (Original Dutch: "Bijdragen tot de kennis der Residentie Ternate". Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1890.) Edited witn an "Introduction," "Notes on Transcription and Translation," and annotations by Paul M. Taylor; translated by Paul Michae...
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This paper presents one case study of state-sponsored cultural activities that occurred throughout 2014, Turkmenistan’s Year of Magtymguly, the 290th anniversary of this Turkmen poet’s birth. Such activities constitute examples of public culture; they can organize representations of a society’s past and present to reaffirm for participants the valu...
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This paper introduces an important group of unpublished ethnographic and archival materials deriving from nine separate expeditions to Kashmir and Ladakh, between 1891 and 1915, by the American naturalist collector William Louis Abbott (1860-1935), and re-assesses the importance of this region to him and to Smithsonian scientists of the time. The e...
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This paper discusses two groups of musical instruments gifted by Thai Monarchs to the United States: six instruments accompanying the Harris Treaty (1856) and nineteen instruments sent for Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition (1876). We suggest that the selection of these pieces was primarily for aesthetic quality or display, not for their acoustic...
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[Chapter 15 (pp. 286-309) in:] Paul Michael Taylor and Sonia Dhami, editors, Sikh Art from the Kapany Collection. Palo Alto, California: The Sikh Foundation. This chapter, which follows the preceding chapters’ many detailed examinations of the Kapany Collection as both art and history, has a different purpose. It aims to illustrate how works in th...
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[Introductory chapter:] Pp. 10-15 in: Paul Michael Taylor and Sonia Dhami, editors, Sikh Art from the Kapany Collection. Palo Alto, California: The Sikh Foundation. This volume honors the remarkable art historical resource assembled by Narinder S. and Satinder K. Kapany on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Sikh Foundation, which Dr. Ka...
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This book presents a selection of paintings by the acclaimed Turkmen artist Durdy Bayramov, and provides an important opportunity to introduce an international audience to his life and work. For information on purchase of full book: www.durdybayramov.org
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[Pp. 208-214 in: "Durdy Bayramov: Life, Art, and Legacy" by Keyik Bayramova, Robert Pontsioen, Jeren Balayeva, and Paul Michael Taylor.] Book purchase information available at: http://durdybayramov.org/
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This volume, co-edited by Paul Michael Taylor and Sonia Dhami, brings together leading scholars of Sikhism and of Sikh art to assess and interpret the remarkable art resource known as the Kapany Collection, using it to introduce to a broad public the culture, history, and ethos of the Sikhs. Fifteen renowned scholars contributed essays describing t...
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This paper introduces an important body of ethnographic, biological, and unpublished archival materials deriving from a collecting expedition to Turkestan undertaken from April 1893 to November 1894 by American naturalist William Louis Abbott (1860–1936). Beyond summarising the localities he visited in Turkestan, and the current organization and us...
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Focusing on aspects of community involvement in the Smithsonian’s Sikh Heritage Project, which since its founding in 2000 has included an exhibition and many other public activities, this paper considers some differences in the conceptualization of what constitutes “heritage” as perceived by Sikh community members, museum staff, and the broader mus...
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We present here for the readers of "Arts & Cultures" a brief synthesis of some conclusions from our collaborative work with the museums of Turkmenistan since 2011, undertaken under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. In 2011 Turkmenistan celebrated its twentieth year of independence, providing the occasion to reflect upo...
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Les lecteurs d'Arts & Cultures trouveront ici une brève synthèse de certaines conlusions tirées de la collaboration que nous avons engagée avec les musées du Turkménistan depuis 2011, sous les auspices de la Smithsonian Institution à Washington D.C. En 2011, le Turkménistan fêtait le vingtième anniversaire de son indépendence, et cette célébratio...
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This article introduces an important group of ethnographic, biological, and unpublished archival materials deriving from two expeditions to Madagascar by American naturalist William Louis Abbott (1860–1936). The first was from February to September 1890; the second from January to July 1895 when Abbott rushed back to Madagascar not only to collect...
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AAAAAAAA-Adding to the very few pre-1900 accounts of the Maniq groups of Thailand, this paper presents new information from archives and ethnographic collections at the Smithsonian about two visits by William Louis Abbott at the end of the 19th century to the group now generally called the Maniq, considered a subgroup of the Semang and the northern...
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Kazakhstan has experienced substantial recent growth in historical studies and awareness of history. This is reflected in growing numbers of museums and cultural centers; also in growth of national and regional historical monuments (including statues, street names, prominent buildings and institutes named after national and regional heroes). The de...
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Introductory essay in: "Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov: Turkmen Village Life, 1960s-1980s." Publication Date: 2015
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[Paper presented at 2015 conference in Kokshetau, Kazakhstan.] As a contribution to the international conference of "Valikhanov’s Readings," this paper briefly summarizes recent and on-going research and museum partnerships of the Asian Cultural History Program, Smithsonian Institution, toward improved understanding of the cultural history of Centr...
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As a contribution to ongoing examinations of expeditions and how their research results have been presented, this paper considers the role of some individual collectors and explorers whose collections resulting from expeditions were later donated to the Smithsonian. Transformations in museum expeditions (at least, their ethnographic components) are...
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Abstract below. / Note: Sample cover page only uploaded, from "Arts of Asia" (March/April 2014). Information on purchasing this issue of "Arts of Asia" is at: https://www.artsofasianet.com/back_issues/back_issue.php?issue_code=2014_mar_apr = = = = This article considers the transformation of an imported tradition of Western tapestry into a new for...
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This paper introduces an important group of archival materials deriving from two expeditions to southern Thailand by American naturalist William Louis Abbott (1860-1936) in the late 19th century. Beyond summarizing the localities he visited in Thailand, and the current organization and usefulness of his collections for research, the paper attempts...
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Undiscovered Art from the Korean War: Explorations in the Collection of Chester and Wanda Chang is a richly illustrated survey of Korean art from the Korean War (1950-1953) that introduces a missing chapter in the history of Korean modern art through selected pieces from the collection of Chester and Wanda Chang. The authors, who are researchers wi...
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[from back cover:] The exhibition "Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab" opened at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in 2004. Over subsequent years, the specific objects on view changed or “rotated” over time, first at the Smithsonian through 2007 then at other museums, as the exhibition traveled and its size and the number of artworks d...
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This paper discusses four tools selected from the objects acquired during Commodore Matthew C. Perry's historic voyages to Japan from 1853 to 1854. The expedition not only only initiated trade and diplomatic relations between the US and Japan, but it also led to the first collection of Japanese artifacts at the then-new Smithsonian Institution (ori...
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This paper, as part of a conference re-assessing the importance of Ablai Khan as a historical figure and the related issues of Kazakhstan's colonial period, aims to briefly describe some activities undertaken as part of a Smithsonian partnership with Kazakhstan's museums since 2005, specifically the program of seminars and workshops on representing...
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[from p. 10, Preface, by P.M. Taylor, editor for the English translation:] The poems presented in English translation here have been selected to illustrate the range of topics encompassed and the types of poetry produced by the great eighteenth century poet of the Turkmen people, Magtymguly Pyragy. These poems have been selected from the 393 Turk...
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[From catalog of Hangul (Hangeul) calligraphy by Kwon Myoung-won:] "Scent of the Ancient: Invitational Exhibition Celebrating Hangul’s 568th Anniversary". Korean Cultural Center, Washington, D.C.] This exhibition's examples of ancient "hyangga" poetry in Hangeul script represent an innovative and inspiring method for creating a bridge between Kor...
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South Korea's Gyeonggi Province Office of Education has held the "Biggest Painting in the World" event each year since 1996, near the DMZ border with North Korea. It is a huge display of conjoined children's paintings on the theme of "PEACE", by students from Gyeonggi Province and around the world. Participants create paintings hoping to build worl...
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"Turkmenistan: Arts from the Land of Magtymguly" is designed to introduce the traditional and contemporary arts of Turkmenistan to a broad public. The authors describe recent reinterpretations of traditional themes and motifs from Turkmenistan's past within artworks of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This survey is amply illustrated with...
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In Celebration of Hangul Day 2013: The Accessible Calligraphy of “Mook Jae” Kwon Myoung-won. [Text pages only uploaded from pp. 3-4 in pictorial exhibition catalog: "Celebrating Hangul’s 567th Anniversary: Come on in, the Door is Open: An exhibition of Hangul Calligraphy by Kwon, Myoung Won." Washington, D.C.: Korean Cultural Center, 2013.] In 201...
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This paper discusses an innovative, international, collaborative approach that we used to present and interpret archeological data found along the length of the BTC and SCP oil and gas pipelines (the “pipelines corridor”) from the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan through the Republic of Georgia to the port of Ceyhan, Turkey, on the Mediterranean Sea. The...
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[Introductory essay in:] "Sikh Heritage: Ethos and Relics" by Bhayee Sikandar Singh and Roopinder Singh. (New Delhi: Rupa) This book's two authors have worked in a unique partnership that transcended their individual accomplishments. Bhayee Sikandar Singh is co-editor of the magazine Nishaan. His position within the cultural life of the Punjab giv...
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The archaeology and history of the Republic of Azerbaijan is not widely known in comparison with that of its neighbours. A recent summary of work in the Caucasus (Smith and Rubinson 2003) contained no specific references to results from Azerbaijan, although the studies were directly comparable and overlapped in period and geography. The reasons for...
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Published by the Smithsonian’s Asian Cultural History Program, this full-color, exquisitely illustrated, bilingual monograph (available in English-Georgian or English-Azerbaijani versions) presents research by Paul Michael Taylor, Christopher R. Polglase, Najaf Museybili, Jared M. Koller and Troy A. Johnson, summarizing and interpreting the archaeo...
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Introductory essay in exhibition catalog: by Lee Han-woo, Tadeusz Lapinski, Kim Chong-taek, Kwon Myoung-won, and P.M. Taylor. (See full catalog below in "Books.") Washington, D.C., is indebted to the Korean Cultural Center and to Korea's Ministry for Culture, Sports and Tourism, for bringing together the four artists whose works are shown togethe...
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[Foreword only, by P.M. Taylor; entire book is currently available in "Books" section, below.] An important theme of this volume is the relationship between ceramics and cultural identity, especially as it relates to a particular family’s collection, and also to the broader study of the personal and social aspects of collecting. The book thus forms...
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"Turkmenistan: Ancient Arts Today" provides a brief introduction to Turkmenistan and an illustrated catalog of the artworks displayed in Washington during Turkmenistan’s twentieth anniversary of independence celebration (Washington, D.C., November 28-30, 2011).
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Published by the Smithsonian’s Asian Cultural History Program, this full-color, exquisitely illustrated, bilingual monograph (available in English-Georgian or English-Azerbaijani versions) presents research by Paul Michael Taylor, Christopher R. Polglase, Najaf Museybili, Jared M. Koller and Troy A. Johnson, summarizing and interpreting the archaeo...
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[Mini-catalog of exhibition:] Maedeup: Traditional Korean Ornamental Knots Exhibition & Demonstrations by Master Knot Maker Eunyoung Kim, Intangible Cultural Assets of Seoul City No. 13. Washington, D.C.: Korus House (and) U.S.-Korea Arts Foundation. [Text by Han Duk-soo, Gerald E. Connolly, Paul Michael Taylor, Kim Jun Il, and Jeong Won Seo.] Cata...
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This paper presents some perspectives on trends in museums of the twenty-first century, as they are reflected in the partnership that has developed between the Smithsonian Institution and museums of the Republic of Kazakhstan. As such, this paper joins others presented at the International Conference on "The Contemporary Museum: Science, Traditions...
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Korean American Day Celebration: Sagye, The Korean Gayagum Quartet. Sunday January 13, 2008 7:30 pm, Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art. This is an event program, for a Gayagum Quartet performance held in 2008 with information about the performing group and its instruments
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"Kang Eun-il & Haegum Plus: Remembering the Future" is the program booklet for a performance held April 30, 2008, 7:30 pm, Terrace Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Text by: Yim Sung-joon, Paul Michael Taylor, and Ambassador Lee Tae-sik (Embassy of the Republic of Korea). Uploaded here in part because this booklet is avai...
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Program booklet for: "Gangjin Goryeo Celadon, Friday, May 9, 2008, Smithsonian Institution Building, Castle Library." [Text by Paul Michael Taylor, Ju-Hong Hwang, Joon-Yung Park, and Tae-Sik Lee.] This booklet is available in only a few libraries (e.g. Smithsonian Inst., Metropolitan Museum of Art), thus it is made available now via academia.edu. /...
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The Korea Gallery at the Smthsonian's National Museum of Natural History presents Korea's millennia of history and its distinctive culture through ceramics, paintings, textiles, and sculptures, ranging from the 6th century B.C. to the 21st century. Introducing Korea to a broad audience, this book also presents many previously unpublished Korean art...
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[Booklet of essays and summary of events constituting the "Washington Korea Festival" coinciding with the opening of the Smithsonian's Korea Gallery.] "Washington Korea Festival 2007: Celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s new Korea Gallery, May-June 2007." (by Paul Michael Taylor, Chang-su Cho Houchins, and Hui-su Kim). Washington, D.C.: The...
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Vietnamese translation of: "Integrated curatorial programs in support of museum development: the example of the Smithsonian's Asian Cultural History Program." Pp. 235-246 in "Proceedings" volume [Vietnamese edition]: "Kỷ Yếu Hội Thảo Quốc Tế : phát triển bảo tàng lịch sử tự nhiên Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh, Ngày 12-15.9.2007." Ho Chi Minh City: Viet Nam...
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Pp. 249-259 in: Proceedings: International Conference: Development of Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Natural History, September 12-15, 2007. Ho Chi Minh City: Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations and Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee. (Also published in Vietnamese.) = = = = = = = = This paper differs from most museum development pap...
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[Mini-catalog of Korean calligraphy exhibition, George Mason University] "Ah! 560 Years of Hangul: A Korean Calligraphy Exhibition" (by: Myoung-won Kwon and Paul Michael Taylor). This contains essay: The Calligraphic Art of “Mook Jae” Kwon Myoung-won (by P.M. Taylor), pp. 3-4, and illustrations of artworks exhibited, pp. 5-7. Fairfax, Virginia: Geo...
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"Interpretive Essay" 2 of 3 in: "By Aeroplane to Pygmyland: Revisiting the 1926 Dutch and American Expedition to New Guinea" by Paul Michael Taylor. (Smithsonian Institution Libraries Digital Editions) http://www.sil.si.edu/expeditions/1926/ The full website appends to these interpretive essays the annotated and edited multimedia source materials a...
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"Interpretive Essay" 1 of 3 in: "By Aeroplane to Pygmyland: Revisiting the 1926 Dutch and American Expedition to New Guinea" by Paul Michael Taylor. (Smithsonian Institution Libraries Digital Editions) http://www.sil.si.edu/expeditions/1926/ The full website appends to these interpretive essays the annotated and edited multimedia source materials a...
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"Interpretive Essay" 3 of 3 in: "By Aeroplane to Pygmyland: Revisiting the 1926 Dutch and American Expedition to New Guinea" by Paul Michael Taylor. (Smithsonian Institution Libraries Digital Editions) http://www.sil.si.edu/expeditions/1926/ The full website appends to these interpretive essays the annotated and edited multimedia source materials a...
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Note: this is Annex B (Pp. 128-141 [and with reference to Ethnolinguistic Map of Cambodia, p. 24]) in: World Bank Inspection Panel. Investigation Report (March 30, 2006): Cambodia: Forest Concession Management and Control Pilot Project (Credit No. 3365-KH and Trust Fund 26419-JPN). = = = This Annex to the World Bank Inspection Panel’s report on Cam...
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Introduction [to] "Gods of Taiwan: A Collector’s Account" (by) Neal Donnelly. Taipei, Taiwan: Artist Publishing. (Introductory essay in English & Chinese: pp. 6-11.) Statues of deities, such as those described and illustrated in this volume, are commonly used in public temples and private altars on Taiwan. Those of us who live in the Washington, D...
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This paper examines an on-going cooperative project between the National Museum of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, undertaken within the framework of the International Partnership Among Museums (IPAM) program of the American Association of Museums. The project—Written in Stone: Epigra...
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The paper presents a curator's observations on the planning, development, presentation, and public events associated with the exhibition "Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab." The exhibition, currently at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C., USA), represents the first introduction many of its viewers will have, both to Si...
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The John Baptiste Bernadou Collection of nineteenth-century Korean artifacts, so thoroughly researched and presented by Chang-su Cho Houchins in this volume, represents a unique attempt by an amateur American ethnographer to record the material culture of the Korean people at a critical moment in Korea's long cultural history. John Baptiste Bernado...
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"Snapshots from A Korean American Century." KoreAm Journal 14(5):50-54 (May 2003). = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = As part of America's celebration of the centennial of organized Korean immigration to the United States, the Smithsonian Institution has produced a unique photographic exhibition, drawing on its own historic photograp...
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This prepared "Statement by Paul Michael Taylor" and oral "Testimony" by Paul Michael Taylor were presented to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), at the Hearing on Religious-Freedom Violations in the Moluccas, Indonesia (Eiiot Abrams, Chairman, Senate Appropriations Hearing Room, February 13, 2001). Originally...
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Indonesian Representations in America: The Changing Role of “Cultural Diplomacy.” Chapter 22 (pp. 219-240) in: "Menjaga Jembatan Jakarta – Washington: Dubes Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti (1998-2001)." (Edited by Ramadhan Pohan.) Washington, DC., 2001. [Essay contributed to the volume produced in honor of Indonesia's Ambassador to the USA (1998-2001), H...
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[Book chapter:] Pp. 22-23 (+ integrated photo credits, p. 144) in: "Visual Art" ed. by Dr. Hilda Soemantri [vol. 7 in series:] "Indonesian Heritage" (Sian Jay, General Editor). Singapore & Jakarta: Editions Didier Millet. 1998. = = = = = = In traditional societies of Indonesia, there is little or no art for art's sake. Instead, we can say that be...
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After introducing the Smithsonian's collection of Masferré’s photographs, and the traveling exhibition drawn from it and shown in Madrid in 1998, this paper examines that collection for keys to interpreting this photographer's work. Though Masferré’s photography is inextricably bound to this distinctive group of highland Philippine tribal peoples,...
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Review (of) Natural History of Seram: Maluku, Indonesia (ed. by) Ian Darwin Edwards et al. The Journal of Asian Studies 56 (2): 548-9.
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In 1997, Smithsonian anthropology department staff members got together and contributed recipes from their fieldwork settings to a simple book which we called "The Raw and the Cooked Book" (a playful reference to the title of Claude Lévi-Strauss's classic of structuralist anthropology). Many people have urged me to put up online now my short (2-pag...
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"Foreword" by Paul M. Taylor [curator of collection & co-Principal investigator, Pan-Smithsonian Study of Judaica Collections], to Grace Cohen Grossman's "Judaica at the Smithsonian: Cultural Politics as Cultural Model." = = = = = = = Most Judaica in the National Museum of Natural History is under the curatorship of the Department of Anthropology'...
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[Note, June 6, 2018:] Only the Preface and introductory essay by P.M. Taylor are uploaded here. The entire 1997 book, long out of print, is now available online for free viewing or download [normally at]: http://www.achp.si.edu/Treasures-of-Two-Nations_FULL-BOOK.pdf [but temporarily with "books" below, while some Smithsonian websites are being re-...
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From: "Asmat: Myth and Ritual, The Inspiration of Art" edited by Gunter and Ursula Konrad. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = This essay briefly introduces some of Irian Jaya's political history and cultural geography, in order to provide context for the information presented in this volume on Dr. and Mrs. Gunter Konrad's collection of Asmat art and th...
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This is P.M. Taylor's preface to the exhibition catalog "Kubota Itchiku sakuhinshū" (author: Kubota, Itchiku, 1917-2003; published: Tōkyō: Itchiku Tsujigahana, 1996.) [English translation of title: “Itchiku Kubota: an anthology” / Catalog of Japanese exhibition of works by artist Kubota Itchiku.] Mr. Kubota's tsujigahana pattern-dyed textiles are...
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Introductory essay for catalog of the exhibition held at: Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, June 2-October 29, 1995, the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 16, 1995-April 7, 1996. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The Smithsonian is proud to co-host, along with the Canadian Museum of Civi...