Ancestors of Congo Square:
African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art
NOMA presents Ancestors of Congo Square: African Art in the New Orleans Museum of Art on view May 13 to July 17.
This exhibition highlights one of the museum's most impressive areas of its permanent collection: its extensive holdings in African art.
Additionally, the exhibition looks at the strong artistic and cultural connections between New Orleans and Africa. Like Congo Square itself, the exhibition is a metaphor for the process of people coming together from different areas of Africa to create a common spirit and culture.
Both the exhibition and accompanying book are dedicated to the musicians and dancers who gathered in Congo Square, and to the artists (most whose names were not recorded) whose artworks are featured in both the exhibition and the book.
Exhibition curator and catalogue editor William Fagaly has been curator of African art at NOMA for over four decades.
Friday, June 3 - 6 p.m.
Kristina Van Dyke, Menil Collection: "Making Mute Objects Speak: New Approaches to Malian Antiquities"
Friday, June 17 - 6 p.m.
Roslyn Walker, Dallas Museum of Art: "Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings"
Friday, June 24 - 6 p.m.
Freddi Williams Evans, "New Orleans' Congo Square: A Cultural Landmark"
7 p.m. - Conversation with Lolis Eric Elie and Jessica B. Harris
Friday, July 8 - 6 p.m.
David Binkley, "Kuba Art and Loyola University's Frère Joseph-Aurélien Cornet Archives"
Friday, July 15 - 6 p.m.Walk-through of the exhibition by Dr. Sara Hollis Director/Professor, M.A. Museum Studies at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO)
For more information this exhibition and the NOMA African Art collection, see the following links -- including web presentations from the recent touring exhibition of works from the collection from which the images below are excerpted (to offer a glimpse of the breadth and quality of the works retained by NOMA):