Re: Boston area museums
- Postscript: We just got back from our trip. Due to time
constraints, however, we weren't able to make it out to the Peabody.
We did get to the BMFA--the african collection there was small but
excellent. We also visited the Gardner, which alone was worth the
trip--a truly amazing collection of "non-african" art and incredible
Lee and others--thanks again for your recommendations. We're
definitely planning on visiting Boston again soon when we have more
time to spend there.
--- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "congabongoman"
>of the different museums as they are worlds and decades apart in the
> Thanks to Lee and the rest of you for the excellent suggestions! We
> visited the Yale museum last summer (quite impressive African
> collection), so I guess we'll give Harvard a turn. Thanks again.
> Moderator's Note: It will be interesting to hear your impressions
presentation of their holdings. Yale is more obviously influenced by
recent museographic re-articulations while the Peabody offers a
glimpse of the predominantly ethnographic approach which
characterized earlier 20th century perceptions before the current
inclination to integrate artifact-and art-based perspectives. The
ethnographic and aesthetic are not, of course, mutually exclusive
approaches but I think you will find them quite differently balanced
in the two locales.
>and perception and displays how African art as an assemblage
> The Peabody itself is a testament to an earlier period of thought
of "artifacts" was relegated to the realm of an ethnographic other
distinct from the more inclusive, art-based approach observable at
the newer galleries at Yale and elsewhere. In some ways the Peabody
allows one to see how "non-Western" works have been (and continue --
in this instance -- to be) presented -- as if the very Museum itself
were part of the exhibition. Although the collection is currently
accessible as a research and teaching collection which does integrate
newer thinking, the description on the Peabody web-site reflects this
museographic adherence to a prior historical moment:
>in the world devoted to anthropology and houses one of the most
> "Founded in 1866, the Peabody Museum is one of the oldest museums
comprehensive records of human cultural history in the Western
> --- In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, "Usmanou Nsangou" <unsangou@>
> > There's also the Hamill Gallery of African Art ,2164 Washington
> Boston, MA 02119 Email: thamill@ Tel: (617) 442-8204 Fax: (617)secret
> 442-0403 ...
> > http://www.hamillgallery.com/SITE/TheGallery.html
> > Usmanou
> > From: Lee Rubinstein
> > Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 9:35 AM
> > To: African_Arts@yahoogroups.com
> > Subject: Re: [African_Arts] Boston area museums
> > Chris:
> > Boston-area museums with African collections include:
> > The Boston Museum of Fine Arts in, well..er, um, Boston:
> http://mfa.org/collections/index.asp?key=21. (Although the Isabella
> Stewart Gardner Museum does not have an African collection, it is
> just across the street from the MFA and is a wonderful building and
> collection to visit. The garden is particularly lovely, and it is
> nice if you can catch a musical performance in the Tapestry Room.
> You will not want to leave the premises and will be tempted to
> yourself away for the night at closing time.)Cambridge -
> > Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in
> - a classic, cluttered ethnographic museum! Note that in additionto
> the permanent exhibitions, most of the African collection is inmuseums
> storage and can be viewed by appointment only.
> > The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem:
> > Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Wellesley:
> > Lee
> > On Jul 23, 2008, at 8:33 AM, congabongoman wrote:
> > Hi folks-
> > I'm going to visiting Boston in the upcoming weeks and was
> wondering if
> > any of you know of any African collections in the various
> > are worth checking out. I plan on searching online but thought
> I'd ask
> > the group. Thanks in advance.
> > Chris