In conjunction with the exhibition Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures (on view September 21, 2011, through January 29, 2012), this Sunday at the Met program delves into the installation and commemoration rites that defined important individuals immortalized by artists in West and Central Africa through major sculptural traditions. The afternoon's speakers explore this larger context that informs a range of distinctive cultural aesthetics.
"Enshrining Greatness through African Sculpture"
Alisa LaGamma, curator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Competing for Fame and Glory: Kings and Their Arts in the Cameroon Grassfields"
Christraud M. Geary, Teel Senior Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
"Powerful Men and Beautiful Women in Chokwe and Luluwa Leadership Arts"
Constantine Petridis, curator of African Art, Cleveland Museum of Art
Recorded on November 20, 2011
The exhibition is made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ceil & Michael E. Pulitzer Foundation, Inc., and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The exhibition catalogue is made possible by The MCS Endowment Fund.