Kennedy Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of: KMA
Feb 28, 2014
From staff reports
The exhibition "The Arts of Africa" presents a selection of 11 masks from Kennedy Museum of Art permanent collection of African art and is on view from March 7 through June 1.
The 11 masks selected for this exhibition represent regions from West and Central Africa, specifically Nigeria, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. The masks were donated to Kennedy Museum of Art during the years 1983 and 1984 from the private collection of Frederick and Carol LaSor.
Masks are one of the most well known forms of African art, although not every area of the continent performs in them. While all the objects included in this display were made in the 20th century, many belong to visual traditions that reach back in time several centuries.
This exhibition celebrates the multi-layered meaning behind the masks and is organized in conjunction with a yearlong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ohio University African Studies Program that has been educating the world's students about Africa since 1964. For more information regarding the celebration, go to http://www.african.ohio.edu.
The Museum’s African art collection contains nearly 400 objects, including textiles, sculpture, jewelry, clothing and ceremonial items.
Kennedy Museum of Art is located on the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. Gallery hours Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on University holidays. Admission is free and parking is free and metered. The Athens Transit Bus drops off/picks up at The Ridges at :24 after the hour.
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