ReCollecting Dogon

February 3, 2017 - July 9, 2017
Recurring daily
1515 Sul Ross Street | Houston, TX 77006
Phone: (713) 525-9400
Times: Wed–Sun 11am–7pm
Area of Town: Museum District
Free Admission: Yes

Living in West Africa along the steep, rocky Bandiagara escarpment in present-day Mali, Dogon peoples – with their dynamic performances of masks, architecture, deftly carved sculptures, and rich cosmology – captured the imagination of Europeans and Americans during the early twentieth century. A large body of colonial literature, ethnographic fieldwork, exhibitions, films, and travel guides defines their prominent position in Western histories of the African continent. Organized by Curator of Collections Paul R. Davis, ReCollecting Dogon showcases approximately 25 arresting works of Dogon artistry acquired by John and Dominique de Menil from the 1950s through 1970s. Serving as counterpoints to the historical representations of Dogon peoples, the exhibition features contemporary works by Malian artists Amahigueré Dolo and Alaye Kene Atô – shown for the first time in the United States – along with photographs by Walker Evans and Mario Carrieri, ethnographic audio recordings, and other archival documentation.

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