In the Museum of Primitive Art's spring 1957 inaugural exhibition, Goldwater underscored, "We are aware of our kinship with all mankind." This humanist approach to the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas informed the some seventy subsequent exhibitions organized by the MPA, and its nearly sixty publications. The museum itself was pocket-sized, but the impact its exhibition program had on non-Western art museography, collectors, and the public was tremendous. The exhibitions varied from selections of recent acquisitions to works on loan from local collectors to focused thematic installations. Those exhibitions that investigated every aesthetic aspect of a specific culture, such as Bambara Sculpture from the Western Sudan (1960); Senufo Sculpture from West Africa (1963); and The Jaguar's Children: Pre-Classic Central Mexico (1965); had an especially enduring impact.

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