Hybrid Identities

Body Art:  Marks of Identity, an exhibition exploring the ways in which human beings around the world, past and present, decorate their bodies, opened at the American Museum of Natural History on November 20, 1999, and remained on view through May 29, 2000.  Illuminating both cultural invention and individual artistry, Body Art:  Marks of Identity presented more than 600 objects and images from around the world dating from 3000 B.C. to the present, including superb sculptures, paintings, contemporary and historical photographs, rare books, engravings, and films. More than half of the objects and images presented were from public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. The exhibition examined the historical and cultural significance behind ancient and modern body art practices including tattooing, piercing, body painting, body reshaping, henna and scarification.

The American Museum of Natural History
New York, New York