Between Continents/Between Seas

Pre-Columbian Art of Costa Rica

December 20, 1981 – May 2, 1982

East Building Concourse


Overview: 293 ceremonial, decorative, and utilitarian objects in gold, jade, terracotta, and volcanic stone were assembled. The works, which dated from c. 500 B.C. to the mid-16th century, were installed chronologically and geographically. Wall labels were provided in English and Spanish.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition for the National Gallery and Charles B. Froom designed the exhibition for the Detroit Institute, in consultation with a scientific committee of Julie Jones of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Michael Kan of Detroit, and Michael J. Snarskis of the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica. Cases for gold were lined with green velvet and orchids were massed at the exhibition entrance.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities, Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act.

Image: Installation view of Between Continents/Between Seas: Pre-Columbian Art of Costa Rica, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

Attendance: 134,362

Catalog: Between Continents/Between Seas: Precolumbian Art of Costa Rica, by Suzanne Abel-Vidor et al. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with Detroit Institute of Arts, 1981.

Brochure: Between Continents/Between Seas: Precolumbian Art of Costa Rica. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1981.

Other Venues: San Antonio Museum of Art, June 21–September 12, 1982
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, October 25, 1982–January 16, 1983
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, February 28–May 22, 1983
San Diego Museum of Art, July 4–September 25, 1983
Detroit Institute of Arts, November 7, 1983–January 29, 1984