The Jesuit university is proud of its current art exhibit, a collection of items salvaged from shipwrecks -- quite literally sunken treasure. "Galleons and Globalization" is made up of items found on wrecked "Manila Galleons," Spanish trade ships that sailed between Manila and Acapulco during the 16th through the 19th centuries. The boats trafficked in a wide variety of goods, including pre-Mission religious items (California had yet to be colonized by Europeans during most of that time.) Some might see "a Chumash basket woven with the Spanish imperial coat of arms" as evidence not only of the birth of globalization and intercultural exchange, but something more sinister and less consensual. Regardless, five-hundred-year-old stuff from the bottom of the ocean is fascinating, and this exhibit is unique and unprecedented; definitely required viewing for sailing-history nerds -- yes, we know you're out there.
Aug. 27-Dec. 19, 2010