Art in Cameroon: Sculptural DialoguesApril 23–August 14, 2011Neuberger Museum of Artneuberger.org | 914-251-6100
Art in Cameroon: Sculptural Dialogueshighlights two iconic works in the NeubergerMuseum of Art’s African art collection—anineteenth-century carved wooden Bangwa figureand a mid-twentieth-century intricately incisedivory tusk from the Kedjom Kitingu Kingdom.The exhibition also features twenty-eight majorloans from museums and private collections,including ten drawn from European and Canadiancollections.
Carved Tusk Collection Neuberger Museum of ArtBabanki-Tungo Kedjom-Kitungu Kingdom Purchase College, State University of New YorkMid-20th century, ivory Gift of Lawrence Gussman in memory of Dr. Albert35 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches Schweitzer (Next page: detail)
Commemorative Figure (anyi or ngwindem)Unidentified Bangwa KingdomEarly 20th centuryAttributed to a master carver,Ateu Atsa or Efuetlacha, or his workshopWood, 34 1/2 x 8 x 7 1/2 inchesCollection Neuberger Museum of ArtPurchase College, State University of New YorkGift of Eliot P. Hirshberg from the Aimee W. HirshbergCollection of African Art
In the Cameroon Grassfields,commemorative figures representkings, chiefs, nobles, princesses, andnoble royal wives.Commemorative Figure (lefem)Unidentified Bangwa KingdomEarly 20th centuryAttributed to a master carver,Ateu Atsa or Efuetlacha, or his workshopWood, 30 x 8 x 8 inchesCollection Guy Laliberté, Cirque du Soleil, Montréal, Canada(Next page: details)
Commemorative Figure (lefem)Unidentified Bangwa KingdomEarly 20th centuryWood34 x 9 x 7 ½ inchesPrivate Collection
This mask belonged to aclan’s elder. It ledperformances whichincluded an array ofcharacters such as thewarrior, the old man, andanimal representationsranging from the buffalo tothe elephant.Mask (akam)Unidentified Kingdom, Aghem/Fungom region20th centuryWood, fiber, human hair21 x 11 x 15 inchesPrivate Collection
Symbolizing the ruler’swealth and authority,beaded sculptures areprevalent among thekingdoms of the CameroonGrassfields. This sculpturewas most likely displayedduring important royalceremonies.Seated Figure Holding a BowlBaham Kingdom19th centuryWood and beads24 ½ x 14 ¼ x 12 inchesCollection Laura and James J. Ross(Next page: detail)
Throne stools decorated with an astonishing range of human and animal motifs can often be seen in the Grassfields region. They are the privilege of the king’s dignitaries or the eldest of the family clan. This piece inspired a new creation by contemporary Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero that is included in the exhibition Betsabeé Romero: Lagrimas Negras also at the Neuberger Museum of Art.Throne Stool Ethnologisches Museum,Kuk Kingdom Staatliche Museen zu Berlin19th century (inv.no. C 23835)Wood, tin, foil
Art in Cameroon: Sculptural DialoguesApril 23–August 14, 2011Neuberger Museum of ArtArt in Cameroon: Sculptural Dialogues was curated by Marie-Thérèse Brincard,Neuberger Museum Curatorial Advisor for the African collection.The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with amajor essay written by Dr. Christraud Geary, Teel Senior Curator of Africanand Oceanic Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.Funding for the exhibition was provided in part by the Neuberger Museum ofArt African Arts Council; sustaining support is provided by ArtsWestchesterwith funds from Westchester County government; with public funds from theNew York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the Friends of theNeuberger Museum of Art.