Expired: 50 at 20: Masterpieces of American Indian Art from the Thaw Collection
From April 1–December 31, 2015, the Fenimore will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Thaw Collection with 50 at 20: Masterpieces of American Indian Art from the Thaw Collection, an exhibition that will highlight fifty outstanding works of American Indian art spanning 2,000 years of art in North America. Through the voice of Native artists, scholars, as well as Native and non-Native curators, the exhibit seeks to explore the tangible as well as intangible qualities that make a masterpiece.
Expired: New space for Michel Thieme
Michel Thieme Tribal Art is now hosting visitors at its new location at Weteringstraat 45 in Amsterdam. A beautiful gabled display window on the street opens onto a multilevel interior, the walls of which alternate between stone and smooth plaster, creating different ambiences to counterpoint the displays. Thieme’s gallery has distinguished itself with shows that evoke the flavour of the curiosity cabinets of the past, while still displaying a twenty-first-century aesthetic sensibility. We hope that this move will help raise the profile of this interesting gallery.
Expired: "Phantom Europe" in Ostende - Belgium
Mu.ZEE is hosting an exhibition that puts its visitors on the other side of the mirror. Its title, L’Europe fantôme, is an inversion of that of Michel Leiris’ wellknown work L’Afrique fantôme (Phantom Africa), his journals of the Dakar-Djibouti mission of 1931–1933. On view until January 2, L’Europe fantôme analyzes the representation of African art in Western societies in the twentieth century and reflects on the Western museum model, which is quintessentially representative of the imperialism of the colonial period. Tracing a historical sequence beginning with the Berlin Conference on the Congo of 1885 to the presentation of the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015, the exhibition’s discourse is supported by various kinds of documentation such as photographs and publications, as well as by a selection of forty-five works from the collections of the Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale in Tervuren. These works emerge in a new light here, especially through the photographs taken by Cameroonian artist Patrick Wokmeni, whose work deals with issues of identity and politics. The exhibition also examines the visions of anti-colonial writers and thinkers such as Aimé Césaire, Cheikh Anta Diop, Édouard Glissant, and Chinua Achebe.
Expired: Africa: Crossroads of the Worlds
Afrique: la Croisée des Mondes (Africa: Crossroads of the Worlds), an exhibition on view at the Musée d’Angoulême until January 3, 2016, is intended to demonstrate that the notion of African art as an immutable constant fixed in time is a false one. Hybrid forms are ubiquitous on the continent, a place where the traditions of one culture often intersect and commingle with those of others. Influences from beyond the continent are also abundant, whether through the propagation of Islam (amulets, gold weights) or encounters with the West (Afro-Portuguese ivories, Christian objects). Through the examination of the processes of evolution and change, the exhibition demands a reconsideration of commonly held notions of authenticity in African art, which require that an object conform to certain pure and traditional cultural canons. In fact, the phenomena of hybridization and acculturation should cause us to adopt broader criteria.
Expired: Pacific Worlds
An unusual exhibition coming to the Oakland Museum of California examines the deep and many-layered histories of the lower United States West Coast’s interactions with the Pacific and explores the historic and ongoing connections between Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, Filipinos, Native Californians, and Anglo-Americans as residents, colonists, and collectors. Turning the familiar idea of California as the western frontier on its head and repositioning the state as “the East Coast of the Pacific,” Pacific Worlds weaves together objects and ephemera from the museum’s collection with contemporary California Pacific Islander artwork and community voices. On view from May 30, 2015–January 3, 2016, the show looks at how Pacific practices such as dance, music, food, fiber arts, tattooing, surfing, and art have impacted the cultural landscape of the state. It is presented to coincide with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in nearby San Francisco.
Expired: In and Out of the Studio Photographic Portraits from West Africa
This exhibition will present one hundred years of portrait photography in West Africa through nearly eighty photographs taken between the 1870s and the 1970s. These works, many of which are being shown for the first time, are drawn from the Metropolitan Museum's Visual Resource Archives in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, with additions from the Department of Photographs. The installation seeks to expand our understanding of West African portrait photography by rendering the broad variety of these practices and aesthetics. It juxtaposes photographs, postcards, real photo postcards, and original negatives taken both inside and outside the studio by amateur and professional photographers active from Senegal to Cameroon and from Mali to Gabon.(...) Discover our article about the exhibition in the Autumn 2015 issue.
Expired: Kongo: Power and Majesty
A landmark presentation that will radically redefine our understanding of Africa’s relationship with the West, Kongo: Power and Majesty, opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this September, will focus on one of the continent’s most influential artistic traditions, from the earliest moment of direct engagement between African and European leaders at the end of the 15th century through the early 20th century. The creative output of Kongo artists of Central Africa will be represented by 134 works drawn from more than 50 institutional and private collections across Europe and the United States, reflecting five hundred years of encounters and shifting relations between European and Kongo leaders. From a dynamic assembly of 15 monumental power figures to elegantly carved ivories and finely woven textiles, the exhibition will explore how the talents of Central Africa’s most gifted artists were directed toward articulating a culturally distinct vernacular of power. Discover our full article about the exhibition in the Automn 2015 issue.
Expired: Esthétiques de l'Amour: Far-eastern Siberia
Among the spectacular items in the Asian collections of the musée du quai Branly, the ancient objects collected in the far east of Siberia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are of particular interest, representing the interaction between the world of men, untamed nature and the world of the spirits. Protective robes in fish skin with ritual accessories decorated with symbolic volutes and spirals and everyday objects combining refined yet natural materials and decoration: eclectic and little known objects from the Amur river basin blend aesthetic elegance and ethnographic interest. These are today among the treasures of the musée du quai Branly's collection. The exhibition will present the decorative art of the peoples of the Amur river basin; an art which embodies meaning and reveals the specific ontological construction of these peoples in their relationship with the visible and invisible world.
Expired: Native: Tribal and Modern Art Auction on January 23
The auction house called Native is returning with renewed strength after being absent for the last year. It will be showing at its new location at 5 rue de Ruysbroeck on the Place de la Justice, where it is planning to hold two sales a year. It has also announced the launch of an online bidding platform, which should be operational in the fi rst week of December. Its winter sale will take place on January 23, 2016, and collectors will be offered about 100 lots, which will include a group of Côte d’Ivoire works from several French collections. One of the sale’s highlights will be a Songye sculpture from the Democratic Republic of Congo, collected in 1946 by a Belgian colonial administrator and owned by his family ever since.
Expired: Winter Bruneaf 2016
From January 20–24, the Sablon neighborhood will host the annual Winter BRUNEAF, a more intimate version of the well-known multiple-venue Brussels summer event. An annual event since January of 2011, it is also the fi rst show of its kind in the calendar year. More than thirty exhibitors from a variety of countries will be on hand to offer a wide variety of arts and antiquities to collectors and afi cionados. Once again this year, the arts of Africa will be the best represented, thanks to the continuing fascination with the art of the African continent held by many members of Belgian society engendered by that country’s colonial past. The arts of Oceania and Asia will also be prominent, making the fair appealing to anyone interested in tribal art.