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.
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