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New Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art Explores the Artistry of African Headwear

DALLAS, TX.- Celebrating African decorative design, African Headwear: Beyond Fashion presents approximately fifty objects from the Dallas Museum of Art’s internationally acclaimed collection of African art and from several private collections, including those of Michael and Shelly Dee; Susan Montgomery; Taiye Ozigbo; Sidney Perutz; and John and Karen Reoch. Through form, materials, and imagery, African headwear communicates information about the wearer, including an individual’s ethnic group, gender, age, marital status, social and economic status, military rank, role in government, religious affiliation, and profession. This exhibition presents headwear from sub-Saharan Africa, where what one wears on one’s head is both fashionable and meaningful, and explores the ways in which headwear signifies status