A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Getty Foundation Announces Grant for New York's Museum for African Art
Funding Allows Publication and Documentation of African Art and Culture
Contacts Getty Communications
"We're delighted to fund this important series of publications which will present an Africa that is thriving in its creative output," says Joan Weinstein, interim director of the Getty Foundation.
Several titles in the series are intended to interpret anew the classic arts of Africa, most of which now reside outside the continent. Other books in this series explore African art, both classic and contemporary, through particular themes. Still other books relate art to important historical topics involving the African Diaspora, exploring parallel histories of an artform on both sides of the Atlantic. Lastly, several books will present important work on modern and contemporary African art.
"We are historically among the world's largest publishers on African art and culture, and if we don't publish a book, basically no one else can. That means that scholarship ends up largely inaccessible outside a university context," says Elsie McCabe, president of the Museum for African Art. "The tragedy is that if people like us don't document them, a continent's legacies and traditions are lost forever. This grant will help us ensure that people's heritages are documented and accessible for generations to come."
The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.
Additional information is available at www.getty.edu .
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