Alisa LaGamma has published an article on the upcoming AAOA exhibition, Eternal Ancestors: The Art of the Reliquary in Central Africa, featured in the most recent issue of Tribal Art (no. 42 (autumn 2006), pp. 78-81; RGL call no. A W97).
[The exhibition] will represent a journey into the rainforests of equatorial Africa for insights into what many consider the greatest art ever produced on the continent. It is an exploration of an art form inspired by religious belief that revealed itself to modernist European artists early in the twentieth century and influenced the transformation of Western art as we know it ...
The Metropolitan is producing a catalogue of the works with contributions from a team of scholars who will expand the artistic and spiritual understanding of the works as well as the history of the region they derive from and their collection history. The launch has been planned to coincide with the interdisciplinary international gathering of Africanists scholars, the African Studies Association meetings, that will convene to mark its fiftieth anniversary in New York from October 18-20, 2007.
The exhibition will be on view from October 2, 2007 through March 2, 2008.
Unfortunately the most recent issue of Tribal Art is not available electronically.