Fortune's son, anthropologist and entree are just some of the words you could use to describe Michael C. Rockefeller. No matter what you call him, his determination to bring the wood carvings of the Asmat tribes of southwestern New Guinea to the attention of the Western world is the stuff of legend. After buying art from the Asmat in late 1961, Rockefeller and another anthropologist capsized their overloaded dugout. While his companion clung to the canoe, Rockefeller swam to an unknown fate.
Today starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Mary Braun, executive director of the American Museum of Asmat Art, will present "Spirits Incarnate: The Art of the Asmat." "This talk and slide show by Ms. Braun is a rare opportunity to learn about this fascinating culture whose life and religious beliefs are centered around wood," says DAM media contact Carol Betson-Goldstein.