LOS ANGELES, Oct 7 ― The rise of Tiki culture in 1950s America in the aftermath of World War Two is explored in a new exhibit that opened Friday in Los Angeles.
“The Art of Tiki” exhibition, at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Los Feliz, is showcasing everything from Tiki-style furniture and totems to modern art, based on cultural artefacts from Polynesia and Melanesia.
“Some of the pieces have elements of sci-fi. Some pieces have elements of other mid-century that aren’t really Tiki but because they come from that same era, seem somehow familiar and they’re really good neighbours,” gallery director Matt Kennedy told Reuters.
For 20 years, Tiki items first brought over to the US by American soldiers that served in the South Pacific, found their way into American houses until it was deemed culturally insensitive, Kennedy said. It re-emerged in pop culture through Tiki-themed bars.
The exhibition runs until October 29. — Reuters