Exhibition of Rarely Seen Objects from the Cameroon Grassfields at the Neuberger Museum


PURCHASE, NY.- Art in Cameroon: Sculptural Dialogues, on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art through August 14, 2011, highlights two iconic works in the Museum’s African collection: an expressive nineteenth-century figure from a Bangwa kingdom, attributed to a master carver whose identity is contested, and an intricately-carved mid-twentieth- century ivory tusk from the Kedjom Kitingu kingdom, both located in the Cameroon Grassfields. Twenty-eight powerful objects drawn from private and public collections, set these two works from the Neuberger Museum in a larger context. Ranging in scale from imposing architectural elements to small, embellished pipes, the objects are organized by type – figures, masks, pipes, and tusks. This sculptural ensemble reveals the dynamic nature of Grassfields artistic expression resulting from regional interactions and trade. It also sheds light on the extraordinary