African Masks: The Art of Disguise
August 22, 2010–February 13, 2011
African Masks: The Art of Disguise is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and curated by Roslyn A. Walker, Senior Curator, The Arts of Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas, and The Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Dr. Walker is also the author of the newly published book The Arts of Africa, the first catalogue dedicated to exploring the Museum’s collection of nearly two thousand African objects—acclaimed as one of the top five of its kind in the United States. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the collection, which began with a gift of more than two hundred objects from DMA benefactors Eugene and Margaret McDermott, the catalogue draws from both historical sources and contemporary research to examine over one hundred figures, masks, and other works of art representing fifty-two cultures, from Morocco to South Africa.
The exhibition is presented by the Sara Lee Foundation. The Dallas Zoo is a community partner. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. Promotional support is provided by KVIL 103.7 Lite FM, Radio Disney and Dallas Child.
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Four-faced helmet mask (ñgontang), Gabon, Ogooué River and Woleu-Ntem Province, Fang peoples, Betsi or Ntumu group, 1920–40, wood and pigment, Dallas Museum of Art, The Gustave and Franyo Schindler Collection of African Sculpture, gift of the McDermott Foundation in honor of Eugene McDermott, 1974.Sc.33
Helmet mask (gye), Côte d’Ivoire, Guro peoples, mid-20th century, wood, paint, and sheet metal, Dallas Museum of Art, The Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Fund, 1993.1
Face mask (igri), Nigeria, Igbo peoples, Ada group, mid-20th century, wood, pigment, and raffia, Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc., 1998.83.McD