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This comparative time line illustrating works of art from the Art Institute’s collection presents a selection of events—artistic, cultural, political, and social—from the origins of human...
Timeline: When in Africa, When in the World
The Mukenga mask honors men important to the royal household. Its materials relate to rank, status, and leadership. The use of leopard and monkey fur, parrot feathers, and forms borrowed from the...
Artwork Resource Packet: <em>Mask (Mukenga)</em>
Composed of elegant, flowing geometric shapes, this pair of sculptures combines animal forms to suggest human qualities. The elaborate mane and tall horns capture the antelope's graceful strength and...
Artwork and Artist Information: <em>Headdress (Ci Wara Kunw)</em>
This beaded crown is the most important symbol of royal power and authority for a Yoruba king. The crown's beaded veil serves to protect people from the king's gaze and hide his face. The king could...
Activity: Yoruba Crown (Ade)
Based on an interactive and educational exhibition on view at the Art Institute of Chicago from 2003–2007; this manual explores the museum's diverse collection through eleven works that relate to the...
Teacher Manual: Faces, Places, &amp; Inner Spaces
The idealized human face is a subject of special attention for Baule sculptors. Among the most highly regarded Baule art forms are stylized portrait masks, such as this one, called ndoma....
Artwork and Artist Information: <em>Portrait Mask of a Woman (Ndoma)</em>
Stories shape our knowledge and understanding of the world we live in. Telling stories helps all of us to understand who we are and what we believe. For visual artists the challenge is to tell a...
Teacher Manual: Telling Images: Stories in Art
Barbara Plankensteiner, Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, reviews the highlights of the Art Institute's installation of Benin Kings and Rituals: Court Arts from Nigeria.
Audio Lecture: The History and Transformation of a Benin Exhibition
Curator Kathleen Bickford Berzock traces the history of African Art at the museum from the 1920s to the present,
introducing the new installation opening spring 2011.
Audio Lecture: Changing Face, Changing Place—A History of African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago
A Kalabari sculptor created this Ancestral Altar Screen as a memorial sculpture after the death of a trading house chief. It is one of many such screens made since the 19th century that...
Artwork Resource Packet: <em>Ancestral Altar Screen (Duein Fubara)</em>
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