By Mike Cummings
January 27, 2017
A new installation of African art at the Yale University Art Gallery presents objects from Africa’s earliest cultures along with pieces that inspired modernist artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
Relocated from the gallery’s second floor to a more prominent space on the ground level, the installation presents more than 250 objects, spanning 3,000 years, including sculpture, ceramics, masks, ivory carvings, and metalwork. The objects are arranged by various themes, offering viewers a sense of Africa’s complex and varied artistic traditions.
“We don’t attempt to represent all geographic areas,” said Barbara Plankensteiner, the Frances and Benjamin Benenson Foundation Curator of African Art, who organized the installation. “Instead, we have arranged the installation thematically to highlight the strengths of the collection and to allow visitors to explore the aesthetics, history, content, and local significance of the works on display.”
The new installation, housed in the Laura and James J Ross Gallery of African Art, features well-known pieces from the collection as well as items that have rarely been on view.
Yale University Art Gallery
Jul 21, 2016
Around the beginning of the first millennium B.C.E., expressive sculptures made of fired clay suddenly emerged in central Nigeria. The stylistically elaborate figures, which predominantly depict humans, have no known predecessors in sub-Saharan Africa. Named after the village where they were found in the first half of the 20th century, the objects have been coined “Nok terracottas.” For a long time, almost nothing was known about their cultural context. In the last decade, Peter Breunig, Head of the African Archaeology Department at Goethe University, in Frankfurt, has led the long-term archaeological excavation and research of Nok sites, making discoveries that provide deeper insight into the beginnings of African sculpture. In this lecture, Breunig reveals his findings, yielding new insights on comparative figures in the Gallery’s collection. Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Fund.
Feb 15, 2009
Until this day , little is known about the Nok Culture. Theres not much information about them except for their impressive terracottas and their skilful ways with Iron. This is because , the Noks did not record their lifestyle – or they recordings through scriptures etc have not been found or may have been destroyed. New discoveries had been found in an increasingly larger area, including the Middle Niger Valley and the Lower Benue Valley. the parts that could have exploded when fired (during mining) , other mining sites could well have contained more Nok terracottas , sciptures or evidence , but will never be found because they may have been destroyed when mining. Nok people are most famous for their Art and Iron.
Sep 13, 2019
The Portuguese were the first Europeans to explore the Great Benin Kingdom in the late 15th century. They developed a strong mercantile relationship with the Benin Kingdom, which later led to the enhancement of civilization between the two nations. In the early 16th century, the Oba of Benin sent an ambassador to Lisbon, and the king of Portugal also sent Christian missionaries to Benin City. Prince Orhogbua was sent to Lisbon by his father (Oba Esigie) in the 16th century to school and learn the European ways of life in Portugal. He became the first literate King of Benin during the mid 16th century. The Benin people benefited immensely from the relationship with the Portuguese! The Benin King was assisted with soldiers and sophisticated weapons (guns) by the Portuguese during the Benin and Idah war in the 16th century. Some residents of Benin City could still speak a pidgin Portuguese in the late 19th century Posted by Nekpen Obasogie
Dec 26, 2019
#AfricanGreat#Humorous#King#Nigeria The Oba light-up the service with his swaggerlicous presentation! The greatest King! I can’t stop watching this beautiful and humorous presentation of my great Oba! Oba gha tor kpere Isee!
Jun 15, 2019
“The Great Benin Kingdom is the Cradle of Black Civilization, and the Oldest Surviving Monarch in Africa”. The great Benin Kingdom has experienced two dynasties. History tells us that the Ogiso dynasty extended to the current Oba dynasty. In 1897, the British people invaded Benin Kingdom and dismantled the administrative system that our kings have established. The war gave preference to the British soldiers to loot thousands of Benin artifacts from the Oba palace. The Benin people are well known for their rich cultural heritage and tradition of resistance to colonial oppression. Music by Ebohon Cultural Centre Produced by Nekpen Obasogie