Here’s another great exhibit at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park – it’s Art and Power in the Central African Savanna. Read all about it courtesy of Nancy Ewart, the San Francisco Examiner‘s S.F. Museum Examiner.
Check out this ugly customer. Well actually, it’s a mask for dancing, called a cihongo. Click to expand:
And here are the people who helped to make this exhibit happen: Margaret Rinkevich, Bob Wall and Cleveland Museum of Art Curator of African Art Constantine Petredis, Ph.D.:
Art and Power just opened. Look for it upstairs at the ‘zeum.
See you there!
San Francisco, March 2009––The de Young Museum presents Art and Power in the Central African Savanna, June 20 to October 11, 2009. This exhibition explores the political and religious power of nearly 60 sculptures created by artists of four Central African cultures: the Luba, Songye, Chokwe, and Luluwa. Carved primarily from wood, these power figures act as containers for magical organic ingredients and serve both religious and political purposes. According to traditional beliefs, the figures mediate between the human and spirit worlds to insure a healthy birth, successful hunt, or triumph over an enemy. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco director John Buchanan says, “This exhibition contains an extraordinary selection of rare works that will resonate dramatically with modern and contemporary tastes. Additionally, it highlights the Museums’ renewed interest in art from Africa.”
Art and Power in the Central African Savannais organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art. The San Francisco presentation is made possible by James and Patricia Ludwig, Bob Wall and Margaret Rinkevich, Lauren T. T. Hall and David Hearth, and Charles and Diane Frankel. The organizing curator of the exhibition is Constantine Petridis, Ph.D., curator of African art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The presenting curator at the de Young is Kathleen Berrin, curator of African art and art of the Americas. The de Young is the final venue for Art and Power. Previously, the exhibition was at The Menil Collection in Houston September 26, 2008–January 4, 2009, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art March 1–May 31, 2009. A fully illustrated catalogue by Petridis accompanies the exhibition and is available in the Museum Store.
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