A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
QCC Art Gallery
New exhibition on Cameroon Art Queensborough Community College unveiled a new art exhibit titled "A Cameroon World," featuring a wide array of art and artifacts from the small central African country.
The QCC Art Gallery
City University of New York
The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for the Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities. The Gallery is housed in the historic 1920's Oakland Building, formerly the Club House for the Oakland Country Club.By car: Long Island Expressway to springfield blvd (exit 29) At the light, turn right onto Springfield Blvd and go to 56th Ave.Turn right at the light and go one block to QCC's main entrance on the left..
Highlights from the Gallery's Permanent Collection
Queensborough’s Permanent Collection of African art includes masks, figures, household and ritual objects, body décor, ceremonial costumes, and textiles from the Western Sudan, the West Atlantic Coast to Central Africa, and East and Southern Africa. Objects featured cover the full range of ceremonial and practical objects produced on the African continent.
What the Western world first deemed as “savage curios” were, in their African context, actually objects imbued with power emitted through form, materials, color, and surface qualities. The diverse cultural expressions from the continent found in the collection are acclaimed by scholars, collectors, museums, and the public alike for their sophistication, vitality, and expressive affect.
One aspect of the collection of note is the Gallery’s ring collection, a comprehensive gathering of powerful instruments of symbolism and imagery, ranging from abstract, symbolic shapes to full representational objects, such as a knife in a sheathe, a pair of sandals, and a bound prisoner, many illustrating folklore and mythology of their particular culture.
Artists and Patrons in Traditional African Cultures
April - July 2005 QCC Queens NY
The sculpture in this exhibition comes to Queensborough Community College via the collection of Gary Schulze, who began studying African objects during his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone during the early 1960.
He helped the late Dr. M.C.F. Easmon establish the Sierra Leone National Museum in Freetown where Mr. Schulze was Acting Curator in 1962-63. He also served as Secretary to the Sierra Leone Monuments and Relics Commission. He traveled throughout the provinces collecting traditional art for the Museum collection and lectured on African art at the University of Sierra Leone . In 1996 he served as a United Nations Observer during Sierra Leone 's Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
Over the past 20 years, Mr. Schulze has gathered an impressive selection of traditional African sculpture in a variety of media. Objects from his personal collection have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington , DC , the Yale Art Museum , Princeton University Art Museum and the Studio Museum of Harlem. Pieces from his collection are illustrated in both the 1965 and 1986 editions of African Art in American Collections, published by the Smithsonian Institution, and in Surfaces: Color, Substances and Ritual Applications in African Art, to be released by Africana Publishing Company, an imprint of Holmes & Meier Publishers.
In this exhibition, objects from West Africa predominate. In keeping with Mr. Schulze's first interest, many originate among the Mende, Sherbro and Temne of Sierra Leone. Other areas of Africa are well represented, by masks and figures from the Dan, Grebo and We in Liberia and Ivory Coast, for instance, and by sculpture from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and the Congo.
This collection has the distinction of featuring objects which were created over an extraordinarily long span of time. Terracottas created 2000 years ago in northern Nigeria are the oldest sculptures in the exhibition, followed by Sape Confederation stone carvings dating from the 15th to the 17th century. Benin ivory and cast bronze objects were created during the 18th century, while the wood sculpture dates primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Many of the objects shown here are now in the collection of Queensborough Community College. With his generous donations to the QCC Gallery, Mr. Schulze has established a basis for the formation of a collection which will grow in time, to represent to the community the best of Africa's sculpture-producing cultures.
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