The Presence of the Past: Art from Central and West Africa

Museum of Art Museum of Art

Exhibition: The Presence of the Past: Art from Central and West Africa

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Markell Gallery
This exhibition highlights how the arts of Central and West Africa represent social themes across time.

Selected Works

"Two-Faced (Double Visage) Faces of Mask series," 2015-2017, mixed media (film still), by Hervé Youmbi, Cameroonian, born 1973. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
"Two-Faced (Double Visage) Faces of Mask" series, 2015-2017, wood, hair, beads, hide, pigment, and cloth, by Hervé Youmbi, Cameroonian, born 1973. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
"Bakota Reliquary Figure with Base," ca. 1900, by an unidentified artist. Museum purchase, Florence C. Quinby Fund, in memory of Henry Cole Quinby, H'16. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

About

This exhibition highlights how the arts of Central and West Africa represent social themes across time. It places historic art alongside art made in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries to explore ideas of power, gender, and cultural appropriations. By displaying such diverse artworks together, this exhibition offers new ways to understand the aesthetic, political, and historical contexts of Central and West African art.

This exhibition brings together works from the Museum's permanent collection and loaned objects from the Wyvern Collection.
 

The opening of this exhibition within the Museum has been delayed.  Please enjoy this online version of the exhibition.