October 23, 2020–January 17, 2021

Summoning the Ancestors: African Art from the New Orleans Museum of Art

Ingram Gallery

  • Unidentified (Eastern Pende Peoples). Helmet Mask (kipoko), n.d. Wood and pigment, 15 x 11 x 13 1/2 in. The New Orleans Museum of Art: The Robert P. Gordy Collection, 88.46

  • Unidentified (Senufo Peoples: Kiembara Faction). Poro Society Face Mask (kpélié), ca. mid-20th century. Wood and pigment, 14 x 7 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. The New Orleans Museum of Art: Museum purchase with funds from an anonymous donor, 95.63

  • Olowe of Ise (Yoruba Peoples). Mounted Warrior Veranda Post (ope ile), ca. 1910–14. Wood and pigment, 55 1/2 x 14 x 18 in. The New Orleans Museum of Art: Museum purchase, Ella West Freeman Foundation Matching Fund, 70.20

  • Unidentified (Chokwe Peoples: School of Muzamba). Seated Chief-Musician Playing a Sansa (kaponya), n.d. Wood, 11 3/8 x 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in. The New Orleans Museum of Art: Bequest of Victor K. Kiam, 77.135

  • Unidentified (Izzi Igbo Peoples). Elephant Crest Mask (ogbodo enyi), n.d. Wood, pigment, iron, and coins, 13 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 24 1/2 in. The New Orleans Museum of Art: The Robert P. Gordy Collection in memory of Frank Kennett, 88.36

  • Unidentified (Yoruba Peoples). Egungun Masquerade Dance Costume (ekuu egungun), early 20th century. Cloth, metallic thread, glass beads, and cowrie shells, 59 x 39 x 27 in. The New Orleans Museum of Art: Museum purchase, Friends of Ethnographic Art Fund, 92.54

  • Zlan or Sra, probable carver (Dan Peoples). Anthropomorphic Rice Ladle with Janus Head Handle (wunkirmian or wa ke mia), n.d. Wood, fiber, and iron, 27 x 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. The New Orleans Museum of Art: Bequest of Victor K. Kiam, 77.277

The exhibition features more than eighty objects, including ancestral figures, masks, ceremonial costumes, headdresses, ritual objects and reliquary guardian figures, drawn from one of the most important collections of traditional sub-Saharan African art in the United States. Created by artists from Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Ghana, these works of art are made from wood, ivory, stone, terra cotta, beadwork and brass. Displayed thematically—with contextual and archival photographs and video—the exhibition illuminates the various ways in which objects facilitate ancestral veneration, as well as the transmission and interconnection of artistic style.
 

Organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art

 

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