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Past Exhibitions: 2003

Masterworks of African Art

September 6, 2003–May 2, 2004
African Gallery

Mask, 20th century, Eastern Pende, wood
Eastern PendeMAsk
20th Century
Lent by Ellen and William Kahn

Masterworks of African Art will explore the aesthetic and visual power of African art made by peoples along the Congo River Basin. Guest curated by Michael Kan, former Curator of African Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the project is the first of three exhibitions devoted to exploring several different regions of the African continent. Drawn from private collections in the region and those of University of Michigan alumni, the works on view have all been chosen for their exemplary aesthetic qualities. The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see works not frequently available to the public and to explore the uses and ritual roles of these art objects in their cultural settings.

This exhibition is made possible by Fifth Third Bank.

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Additional support has been provided by the Friends of the Museum of Art. Research funding has been provided by Robert and Lillian Montalto Bohlen. Support for educational programming has been provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Target Stores.