Fowler in Focus: Radiance and Resilience: Arts of Africa and the Americas from the Goldenberg Collection
May 29–September 11, 2011
Radiance and Resilience offers a first chance to view highlights from the major bequest of 180 objects to the Fowler Museum by Barbara and Joseph Goldenberg. The selection was made to emphasize the qualities of radiance and resilience embodied in the arts as well as in the Goldenbergs themselves, long-standing patrons and friends of the Fowler Museum. Objects of splendor and beauty also possess the capacity to address the challenges of everyday life.
From Africa, the installation will include: striking power figures and initiation masks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola; fascinating divination objects made by the Baule, Luba, and Yoruba peoples; a stately Fang reliquary guardian; and a stunning Yoruba beaded crown. In addition, a group of elaborately modeled pre-Columbian ceramic figurines from the Maya island of Jaina suggest the historical and geographical breadth of the Goldenbergs’ artistic interests.