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Several years ago, the museum building was merely a clubhouse for a golf course, but after $10 million in grants, extensive renovation and a sophisticated climate-control system, she noted, it now houses a major African art collection and numerous ...

DATE January 24, 2005 - January 31, 2006 

Opening of the permanent collection of African Art, a selection of traditional sculptures in various media from West Africa.  Gallery closed on Mondays. ADMISSION Free 

“Artists & Patrons in Traditional African Cultures: African Sculpture from the Gary Schulze Collection” Queensborough Community College Art Gallery

May 15-September 1, 2005, Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, Bayside, Queens, NY

This collection of African art is both unusual and unique. Unlike many collections which represent wood sculpture alone, the Schulze collection is equally strong in a number of different media including wood, metal, ivory, terracotta and stone. It also includes a number of unusual objects which are represented here for the first time. The collection was built over a forty year period.

The theme of the exhibition catalogue, written by the curator, Donna Page, is, Artists & Patrons in Traditional African Sculpture. It explores the often overlooked but indispensable relationship between the artist and those who commission the work. This relationship is essential to the creation of African ceremonial sculpture in all media, and it influences everything from the conception to the production of objects in traditional cultures. 

Some of the pieces are as exquisite as they are rare. The Temne prestige figure represents form-making at its finest. It is one of thirteen pieces by the same artist, as identified by the late Philip Ravenhill and included in an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of African Art in 1995.
The seated Dogon figure is one of only a few in existence. It’s a larger version of the more familiar example in the Rockefeller Collection at the Metropolitan Museum. 

The Dengese statue is important as a royal figure and incredibly rare. The ivory leopard from Benin, which is a miniature version of the Queen’s leopards in the British Museum, may be the only one represented in a private collection. An almost identical leopard, in the New Orleans Museum of Art, is it’s only equal. The brass colonial pipe from Cameroon, depicting an early twentieth century German soldier, is one of the best examples of its genre. 

Equally inventive are the metal-covered Malinke mask and the unusual Oubi/Grebo masks illustrated in the catalogue. Also included are several very rare brass Temne chiefs’ masks from Sierra Leone which have never been exhibited before. 

The exhibition opens May 15, 2005 and closes September 30, 2005

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