Join Carol Thompson, exhibition curator and the Fred and Rita Richman curator of African art at the High as she presents a lecture about the new exhibition African Mask/Masquerade: More Than Meets the Eye. This exhibition is part of Africa Atlanta 2014, a city-wide, year-long series of events highlighting Atlanta as a nexus for reinventing the cultural and economic bonds among Africa, Europe and the Americas.
This program is free, and seating is limited. Tickets are available through the website or through the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404-733-5000.
Please Note: Tickets are limited to two per person. Save your ticket stub for a special opportunity to view the works in the exhibition following this program!
This discussion is from 7-8 p.m., with the galleries open until 9 p.m.
About the Exhibition
To highlight recent gifts and purchases in the Museum's growing collection of African Art, the High Museum of Art presents African Mask/Masquerade: More Than Meets the Eye, an exhibition that brings together 16 dynamic works of art from western and central Africa. On view from Jan. 25 through Sept. 14, 2014, the exhibition celebrates the diversity of creative expression of African masquerade.
Masquerades served diverse purposes, including to transmit ancestral wisdom from generation to generation and to promote social harmony by inspiring collaboration and celebrating community achievements. Some masquerades used humor to provide social critique while discouraging antisocial behavior. Many masquerades continue today even within African Diaspora communities in Atlanta reinvigorated and adapted to contemporary life.
A colossal Suku mask known as Kakuungu, on loan from the Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium is a highlight of the exhibition. Other highlights include: a Pende mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo featuring a distorted face resembling those in Picasso's 1907 painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, and a water spirit headdress from Nigeria suspended from the ceiling in the center of the exhibition. Nations represented include Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso, Mali, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire and Angola.