Tag: African art

EODIAH Fellow Edleeca Thompson at Symposium on African Art in Ghana

This past August, Edleeca Thompson, PhD Humanities Candidate and O’Donnell Institute Fellow, spent two weeks in Accra, Ghana, for the 17th Triennial Symposium on African Art. The Symposium was sponsored by the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) and Brookhaven College and hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. This was the first time in its 50-year history that the conference has been held in Africa and about 400 scholars, art historians, archaeologists, curators, and teachers from all over the world were in attendance. The Conference was particularly relevant for Edleeca’s work exploring the politics of displaying African art and the ways museums mediate presentation of the art between its contextual significance and the meaning for which it was originally produced.

Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

Traveling with Dr. Roslyn Walker, Chief Curator and the Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, Edleeca attended a variety of lectures and talks including topics on African art history, Diaspora studies, contemporary African visual arts and performance, museum and collections practices, as well as other fields pertaining to African life and culture.

While in Accra, Edleeca also attended the opening reception for Phyllis Galembo’s Fancy Dress Masquerade exhibit at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, and visited many contemporary artists’ studios and galleries. In addition, Edleeca visited Cape Coast Castle, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, the Manhyia Palace and Prempeh II Museum, Bonwire Kente Village, and the famous Kente cloth and bronze casting workshops in the Ashanti region of Central Ghana.

 

Reports from the Dallas Museum of Art

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Photo credit Paloma Torres

Photo credit Paloma Torres

Welcome Agustín Arteaga

In July, the DMA announced the exciting appointment of the Museum’s new Eugene McDermott Director, Agustín Arteaga. Arteaga, who officially joined the Museum in September, most recently served as director at the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) in Mexico City, one of Mexico’s largest and most prominent cultural institutions, presenting work from the mid-16th through the mid-20th centuries. Prior to his tenure at MUNAL, Arteaga was the director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) in Puerto Rico and the founding director of the contemporary art museum Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) Fundación Costantini in Argentina. Arteaga has organized more than one hundred exhibitions over the course of his career, including major monographic presentations of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Diego Rivera; survey exhibitions of French Impressionism and old master works; and thematic exhibitions that have stretched across centuries and cultures. Born in Mexico City, Arteaga received an MA (1999) and PhD (2006) from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and a BS in architecture (1980) from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, both in Mexico City.

Diviners headdress (nkaka), Tabwa peoples, mid–20th century, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa, leather, fiber, beads, and feathers, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of The Cecil and Ida Green Foundation 1999.62

Diviners headdress (nkaka), Tabwa peoples, mid–20th century, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa, leather, fiber, beads, and feathers, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of The Cecil and Ida Green Foundation 1999.62

Bead It

Dr. Richard Brettell and Dr. Roslyn A. Walker, the DMA’s Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific and The Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art, with assistance from her colleague Dr. Kimberly Jones, The Ellen and Harry S. Parker III Assistant Curator of the Arts of the Americas, collaborated on the art installation in the Institute’s DMA Research Center vitrine. The idea for the installation stems from the extraordinary gift by Dallas jewelry designer Velma Davis Dozier (1901–1988) of thousands of trade beads to the Museum. The beads have their origins in Europe but were traded in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific. The historic objects on view convey the geographic breadth of such “trade beads,” along with the continued abundance of commercial beads today. The beaded objects from the DMA’s collection range from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. Selected by Dr. Walker, these wearable artworks come from Indonesia, Africa, South and North America. They represent the impact of European traders across other continents of the world.

 

Flora and Fauna

In December, the DMA will present Art and Nature in the Middle Ages, an exhibition featuring extraordinary works of art from the 12th through the 16th century that emphasize the vital union between humans and nature. The exhibition, organized by the Musée de Cluny, musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris, and on view exclusively in the U.S. at the DMA, is composed of more than one hundred objects reflecting the wide range of styles, techniques, and iconography that flourished during this period. Accompanying the exhibition is a publication featuring thematic essays available for the first time in English and a fully illustrated checklist. Edited by Dr. Nicole R. Myers, the DMA’s Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, the catalogue celebrates nature’s constant presence in the immediate environment and spiritual life of men and women in the Middle Ages.

Scene of chivalry from the Seigniorial Life tapestry cycle, Southern Netherlands, c. 1510–1520, wool and silk, Musée de Cluny, musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris, CL 2179 Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen-Âge) / Franck Raux

Scene of chivalry from the Seigniorial Life tapestry cycle, Southern Netherlands, c. 1510–1520, wool and silk, Musée de Cluny, musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris, CL 2179 Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée de Cluny – musée national du Moyen-Âge) / Franck Raux

 

Across the Pond

The Museum’s The Seine at Lavacourt by Claude Monet is currently on a brief European tour. The painting is part of an exhibition exploring the work of Charles-Francois Daubigny and his influence on French landscape painting, with a focus on the work of Daubigny, Monet, and van Gogh. Monet’s 1880 water landscape is on view at the Scottish National Gallery through early October as part of the Inspiring Impressionism: Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh before traveling to the Van Gogh Museum in late October. The painting will return to the DMA following the final presentation in Amsterdam in late January 2017.

Claude Monet, The Seine at Lavacourt, 1880, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Munger Fund 1938.4.M

Claude Monet, The Seine at Lavacourt, 1880, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Munger Fund 1938.4.M

 

On View at the DMA This Fall

Nicolas Party: Pathway
Through February 12, 2017
Concourse
DMA organized; exclusively at the DMA

Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl
September 16, 2016–March 12, 2017
Hoffman Galleries
DMA organized; exclusively at the DMA

Waxed: Batik from Java
September 25, 2016–September 10, 2017
Level 3
DMA organized; exclusively at the DMA

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt
October 9, 2016–January 8, 2017
Chilton Gallery I

Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail
November 18, 2016–November 12, 2017
Focus Gallery II
DMA organized; exclusively at the DMA

Art and Nature in the Middle Ages
December 4, 2016–March 19, 2017
Chilton Gallery II
U.S. exclusive venue