Sowing Seeds in the Garden: The Mulvany Family Collection of African Art at UNM

On view in the Clinton Adams Gallery
September 11 – December 12, 2015
with an opening reception, Friday, September 11, 6 – 8 pm
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm*

Curated by Ray Hernández-Durán, Ph.D. 

“Sow seeds in the garden; then wait to see what the rain will bring.”
~ African Proverb

This exhibition represents the first display at the University of New Mexico Art Museum of sub-Saharan African arts drawn from a collection that is being gifted to the museum. The Mulvany Family Collection of African Art consists of stunning examples of West and Central African art works, which were carefully collected and meticulously maintained over a 30-year period. Although the principal objective is to introduce the Mulvany Family collection to our museum-going audiences, several African works from the collection of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology will also be included to highlight the larger presence of African art at the University of New Mexico. Exhibited objects include a variety of carved wooden masks, figures, and vessels, as well as examples of textile and metalwork. Photographs, maps, sketchbooks, video, and didactic text panels will round out the installation. An exhibition catalogue featuring the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art will be available and there will be a series of guest speakers and family programming throughout the fall semester.

Lega Culture, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mask (Lukwakongo), n.d., Wood, kaolin clay, 8 ¼  x 4 1/8 x 1 ½ inches, Gift of the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art , 2013.7.1, Photograph Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

Lega Culture, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mask (Lukwakongo), n.d., Wood, kaolin clay, 8 ¼ x 4 1/8 x 1 ½ inches, Gift of the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art , 2013.7.1, Photograph Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

Kuba Culture, Zaire, Anthropomorphic cup with kneeling figure, n.d. Wood, 10.5 4 ½ x 4 ½ inches, Gift of the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art , 2014.27.3, Photograph Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

Kuba Culture, Zaire, Anthropomorphic cup with kneeling figure, n.d. Wood, 10.5 4 ½ x 4 ½ inches, Gift of the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art , 2014.27.3, Photograph Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

Yoruba Culture, Nigeria, Helmet mask (Ere Gelede), n.d. , Wood, red & black enamel paint
 14 ¼ x 8 x 10 ¼ inches, Gift of the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art, 2013.7.2, Photograph Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

Yoruba Culture, Nigeria, Helmet mask (Ere Gelede), n.d. , Wood, red & black enamel paint
 14 ¼ x 8 x 10 ¼ inches, Gift of the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art, 2013.7.2, Photograph Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

Baule Culture, Cote D’Ivoire, Panel with Reliefs, n.d., Carved wood, 47 ½ x 23 ½ x 1¼ inches, Gift of the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art , 2014.27.4, Photograph Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

Baule Culture, Cote D’Ivoire, Panel with Reliefs, n.d., Carved wood, 47 ½ x 23 ½ x 1 ¼ inches, Gift of the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art , 2014.27.4, Photograph Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

Main Image:
Bamana Culture, Mali, Antelope Headress (Chi wara), n.d., Carved wood, applied metal strips, 16 x 24 x 3 inches, Courtesy of John Mulvany, Photograph Courtesy of Geistlight Photography
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