Mapiko dancer entering a village accompanied by a lipalipanda player. Matambalale Village, Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique. Photograph by A. Bortolot, 2004.
Revolutions: A Century of Makonde Masquerade in Mozambique, an exhibition of masks and other performance objects from East Africa, will be on view at the Columbia University Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery from 19 September through 8 December 2007.
The exhibition features more than 60 examples of Makonde art, on loan from public and private collections, including a comprehensive selection of masks, figural statuary, puppets, drums, dance scepters, and ornate metal bracelets dating from the late 1800s to the present day.
Alexander Bortolot, a doctoral candidate in art history and archeology at Columbia University -- and a former graduate intern in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- is the curator of the exhibit and author of the forthcoming accompanying catalog. In addition to the curatorial essay based on Bortolot's research, the publication will include more than 60 color images that provide a rare record of Makonde visual culture.
Alex will deliver a gallery talk on Thursday, 25 October, at 6:30 p.m.
Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
826 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University (campus map)
Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 1 - 5 pm.
- Exhibition description (pdf)