Particular Histories: Provenance Research in African Arts

Los Angeles, United States

July 10, 2022 - November 13, 2022 Exhibition July 10, 2022 November 13, 2022 Europe/London Particular Histories: Provenance Research in African Arts Fowler Museum, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North: Los Angeles, United States

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The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents Particular Histories: Provenance Research in African Arts—an exhibition of early 20th-century African objects and accompanying archival materials that came to the Fowler in 1965 from the collection of Sir Henry Wellcome (1853–1936). Five case studies—spotlighting a Nigerian helmet mask, a brass figure group by a Dahomey court artist, a carved wooden throne from Cameroon, a series of gold weights from West Africa, and a carved wooden house post from Nigeria—are presented alongside Wellcome Collection archives. Each grouping takes visitors through the process of tracing the history of these works, a journey that reflects their changing cultural contexts, and sheds light on shifting perceptions of their value.


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