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Lunch & Learn: Indonesian Rod Puppets

December 7, 2020 | 2:30PM - 3:00PM

Join Student Educator Carolina Guerrero and Senior Curator of Southeast Asian and Pacific Arts Joanna Barrkman for a discussion about the Fowler’s collection of wayang golek (rod puppets). Rod puppets are one of the most popular forms of animation in the rich history of puppet theatre in Indonesia. Don’t miss this “tea time” Lunch & Learn, scheduled at a later time to accommodate our curator Zooming in from Australia.

Carolina Guerrero is a senior at UCLA, double majoring in Linguistics and Anthropology, and Arabic. January 2021 marks her fourth year of working at the Fowler. She was a research intern for NASA, and for the Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) of CSU San Bernardino—all before graduating high school. After finishing college, she hopes to teach language at the K-12 level and pursue linguistic forensics.

Lunch & Learn
The Fowler’s Lunch & Learn series offers easily digestible explorations of charismatic objects from around the world in our permanent collection. This month, the Fowler’s Student Educators are collaborating with museum curators to share the history and cultural context of objects in our permanent exhibition, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives.


Image credit: Artist unknown (Sundanese peoples, West Java, Indonesia); Hanuman rod puppet, early to mid-20th century; Fowler Museum at UCLA, X85.93a-c; Promised Gift of Dorothy M. Cordry in Memory of Donald B. Cordry.


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