November 27, 2012 – April 14, 2013
Location: Michael C. Rockefeller Special Exhibition Gallery
Press preview: Monday, November 26, 10:00 a.m. – noon
African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde is organized by Yaëlle Biro, Assistant Curator in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
Gallery talks and exhibition tours will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition. Also a public lecture will take place on February 8, 2013. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue from Alisa LaGamma .
Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946). The above photo is a detail of a page in Camera Work, No. 48, October 1916. Printed book with photogravure illustrations. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, by exchange, 1953 (53.701.49)
The New York Times By CAROL KINO October 26, 2012
The article below in the members area appeared in print on October 28, 2012, on page F18 of the New York edition with the headline: When Artifact ‘Became’ Art.
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Inspired by the Museum’s three finest works of African sculpture, “Crosscurrents” explores the art of three neighboring peoples whose territories are located in the river systems of the southeastern Congo.
The exhibition is composed of works that are distinctive artistic representations of these peoples, and those that demonstrate a fluidity of cultural exchange and cross-influences.
Read more details, see some images, read explanations like why some woods are oily, and find more resources in the members section below…
By Evelyn Choo | Posted: 08 December 2010
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SINGAPORE : A major African art exhibition is making its international debut in Southeast Asia.
And although these two continents are oceans apart, curators want to show there are more similarities than you think.
The sculpture of a kneeling mother with a child on her back would have been kept in cemeteries to guard the dead.
Upon closer look, you will notice that her eyes are inlaid with glass – believed to enable her to see the spiritual world.
Such pieces reflect the societal and spiritual values upheld by the Bantu-speaking people.
“It’s very important. Why? Because they honoured the deceased persons and they pray to them to protect the village and all the persons around them,” explained Francois Neyt, executive curator of Congo River: Arts of Central Africa.
If you are from a Southeast Asian country, chances are you would’ve heard this theme before. Find a link to a video of the exhibition below or read more about fleuve congo.
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