Kennedy Museum Hosts "Arts Of Africa" Exhibit

Updated Wed, Mar 5, 2014 7:00 am

The Kennedy Museum of Art will present the exhibition The Arts of Africa, featuring a selection of 11 masks from the Museum's permanent collection of African art, on view from March 7 through June 1.

The 11 masks selected for this exhibition represent regions from West and Central Africa, specifically Nigeria, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.

The masks were donated to the Kennedy Museum of Art during the years 1983-1984 from the private collection of Frederick and Carol LaSor.

Masks are one of the most well known forms of African art, although not every area of the continent performs in them. While all the objects included in this display were made in the 20th century, many belong to visual traditions that reach back in time several centuries.

This exhibition celebrates the multi-layered meaning behind the masks and is organized in conjunction with a year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ohio University African Studies Program.

For more information regarding the celebration, visit The Museum’s African art collection contains nearly 400 objects, including textiles, sculpture, jewelry, clothing and ceremonial items.

The Kennedy Museum of Art is located on the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. Gallery hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Museum is closed on University holidays. Admission is free and parking is free and metered. The Athens Transit Bus drops off/picks up at The Ridges at :24 after the hour. 

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