Works from these collections are on view on the Museum's second floor.
Recent gifts representing the varied cultures of these regions have shaped new areas for collecting at the Museum. Art and daily life are intertwined in African and Oceanic societies, especially those in which traditions are closely observed. Many traditions are lost, but others remain resilient. The objects created in support of tradition often recognize ancestors, but have adapted in order to cope with modern life when needed. Understanding the art and history of these cultures informs our understanding of the aspirations of the many who call these regions home.