African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting

Pennsylvania, United States

February 08, 2020 - May 24, 2020 Exhibition February 08, 2020 May 24, 2020 Europe/London African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting Palmer Museum of Art, Curtin Road, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 16802-2507: Pennsylvania, United States

Event Details

'African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collecting' presents a wide-ranging selection of African art from the notable collection amassed by Ambassador Allen Davis. His long career with the U.S. State Department afforded him the opportunity to build an outstanding collection representing many of the key cultures of East, Central, and West Africa. The exhibition features eighty-three objects by twentieth-century African artists from a variety of cultures across the continent, including the Dan people of Liberia, the Mossi and Lobi peoples of Burkina Faso, the Dogon and Bamana peoples of Mali, the Akan peoples of Ghana, and the Kuba peoples of Democratic Republic of the Congo, among others. The works include carved and decorated wooden sculptures, natural fibre and beaded textiles, metalwork, and ceramic pots that represent household, community, and ritual practices.


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