Michael Rockefeller: Art's Cannibal Headhunter Mystery

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Michael Rockefeller was a trust-fund baby of the Rockefeller estate who chose to use his name to promote his love of the arts. One summer Michael went to the Asmat headhunter region of New Guinea to study tribal art and was never seen again. He was presumed dead right before his 24th birthday, though his body was never recovered. To this day, many still wonder if the reason he was never found was because Asmat cannibals ate him. It's such an impetus of discussion that, almost 50 years later, screenwriter, novelist and producer David Kenneth Zuckerman will lead an illustrated lecture on cannibalism and places unexplored by man. New York tribal art dealer Cole Harrell will start off the dialogue with select pieces in keeping with the event's theme.



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