Matthew is in New Haven, Connecticut for the autumn of 2017, curating and research the Dr. Walter Angst and Sir Henry Angest Collection of Indonesian Puppets, as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery. This is the largest collection of wayang in the world, including some 119 full sets of puppets from Java, Bali, Lombok, and Madura– amounting to about 20,000 puppets in all.
Part of his remit in this post is to develop exhibition, publication, and documentation strategies. Among other activities this term are a series of talks on wayang at Yale, a lecture at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry on the collection, and a performance on 12 December of the wayang ritual drama Barikan, with Yale’s gamelan group, Gamelan Suprabanggo. He is also participating in a workshop on modern shadow theatre given by the California-based dalang and theatre director Larry Reed of Shadowlight Productions.