SIA Acc. 12-002, National Museum of African Art (U.S.) Office of Registration, Loan and Exhibition Files, 1964-1995

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Summary

This accession documents loan and exhibition records from the Office of Registration. Files include incoming and outgoing loans, temporary custodies, exhibition documentation, and correspondence. Exhibitions represented include "Images of Power and Identity;" "The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897;" "Images from Bamum: German Colonial Photography at the Court of King Njoya, Cameroon, West Africa, 1902-1915;" "Icons: Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa;" "African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire;" "Africa Illustrated: Fantasy and Reality before 1900;" "Purpose and Perfection: Pottery as a Woman's Art in Central Africa;" "Elmina: Art and Trade on the West African Coast;" "Astonishment and Power: Kongo Minkisi and the Art of Renee Stout;" "Dreaming the Other World;" "Beaded Splendor;" "Go Well, My Child: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee in Collaboration with Alan Paton;" "Traditional African Art from the Peabody Museum, Harvard University;" "Paintings by Edward Mitchell Bannister;" "Ben Shahn on Human Rights;" "Ethiopian Paintings;" "African Sculpture;" "Contemporary Nigerian Pottery;" "African Art in Washington Collections;" "Tribute to Africa: The Photography and the Collection of Eliot Elisofon;" "African Art as Philosophy;" "Contemporary African Art;" "African Art Today: Four Major Artists;" "African Weaving Pulleys;" "African Hair Sculpture and Barber Shop Signs;" "Tanner/Sorge;" "African Weaving and Traditional Dress;" "The Sculptor's Eye: African Art from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Gross;" "Children of Africa;" "Art from Zaire: 100 Masterworks from the National Collection;" "The Language of African Art;" "Traditional Art of the Nigerian Peoples: The Ratner Collection;" "Religious Art of Ethiopia;" "Contemporary Tapestries from Senegal;" "Literary Works of Leopold Senghor;" "African Style: Art of Zaire (The Bronson Collection);" "Traditional Sculpture from the Upper Volta;" "Useful Arts of Kenya;" "Puppets from West Africa: Mali, Nigeria, Guinea;" "Treasures of Ancient Nigeria: Legacy of 2000 Years;" "Okakagbe: Contemporary Art for a Masking Tradition;" "Maasai;" "Life...Afterlife: African Funerary Sculpture;" "Celebration: A World of Art and Ritual;" "The Stranger Among Us;" "African Emblems of Status;" "African Art in Color;" "African Islam;" "African Mankala;" "Ethiopia: The Christian Art of an African Nation;" "West African Images;" "Patterns and Forms;" "Praise Poems: The Katherine White Collection;" "African Masterpieces from the Musee de l'Homme;" "Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos;" "History, Context, Materials: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the National Museum of Africa Art;" "The Rising of a New Moon: A Century of Tabwa Art;" "A Human Ideal in African Art: Bamana Figurative Sculpture;" "The Permanent Collection of the National Museum of African Art;" "Patterns of Life: West African Strip-Weaving Traditions;" "Objects of Use;" "Shoowa Design: Raffia Textiles from Zaire;" "Kalabari Ancestral Screens: Levels of Meaning;" "Echoes of the Kalabari; Sculpture by Sokari Douglas Camp;" "African Art in the Cycle of Life;" "The Art of Personal Object;" "Gold of Africa: Jewelry and Ornaments from Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal;" "Sounding Forms: African Musical Instruments;" "The Essential Gourd;" "Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution;" "The African Desert, 1975-1977: Photographs by Bernard Plossu;" "Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought;" "Paramount Chiefs of Sierra Leone: Photographic Portraits by Vera Viditz-Ward;" "A Cloth of Honor;" "Recent Acquisitions/New Directions;" "Face of the Spirits: Masks from the Zaire Basin;" "Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa;" and "Art from the Forge: Tuareg Metalwork." Also included are materials on the canceled exhibition "Dar al-Islam: Art, Life and Cultures of the Islamic World." Materials include loan agreements and documentation; correspondence; checklists; notes; articles; brochures; clippings; floor plans; and photographs, contact sheets, negatives, and slides. Some materials were created when the museum was known as the Museum of African Art.

Subject

  • Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • A Human Ideal in African Art: Bamana Figurative Sculpture (Exhibition) (1986: Washington, D.C.)
  • Africa Illustrated: Fantasy and Reality Before 1900 (Exhibition) (1991: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Art Today: Four Major Artists (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Art as Philosophy (Exhibition) (1974-1975: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Art in Color (Exhibition) (1983: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Art in Washington Collections (Exhibition) (1972: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Art in the Cycle of Life (Exhibition) (1987-1988: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Emblems of Status (Exhibition) (1982-1983: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Hair Sculpture and Barber Shop Signs (Exhibition) (1975: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Islam (Exhibition) (1983-1984: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Mankala (Exhibition) (1984: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Masterpieces from the Musee de l'Homme (Exhibition) (1985: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire (Exhibition) (1991-1992: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Sculpture (Exhibition) (1971: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Style: Art of Zaire (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Weaving Pulleys (Exhibition) (1974-1975: Washington, D.C.)
  • African Weaving and Traditional Dress (Exhibition) (1975: Washington, D.C.)
  • Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa (Exhibition) (1995: Washington, D.C.)
  • Art from Zaire: 100 Masterworks from the National Collection (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)
  • Art from the Forge: Tuareg Metalwork (Exhibition) (1995-1996: Washington, D.C.)
  • Astonishment and Power: Kongo Minkisi and the Art of Renee Stout (Exhibition) (1993-1994: Washington, D.C.)
  • Beaded Splendor (Exhibition) (1994: Washington, D.C.)
  • Ben Shahn on Human Rights (Exhibition) (1968: Washington, D.C.)
  • Celebration: A World of Art and Ritual (Exhibition) (1982-1983: Washington, D.C.)
  • Children of Africa (Exhibition) (1976: Washington, D.C.)
  • Contemporary African Art (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)
  • Contemporary Nigerian Pottery (Exhibition) (1972: Washington, D.C.)
  • Contemporary Tapestries from Senegal (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)
  • Dar al-Islam: Art, Life, and Cultures of the Islamic World (Proposed exhibition)
  • Dreaming the Other World (Exhibition) (1993: Washington, D.C.)
  • Echoes of the Kalabari: Sculpture by Sokari Douglas Camp (Exhibition) (1988-1989: Washington, D.C.)
  • Elmina: Art and Trade on the West African Coast (Exhibition) (1992-1993: Washington, D.C.)
  • Ethiopia: The Christian Art of an African Nation (Exhibition) (1984: Washington, D.C.)
  • Ethiopian Paintings (Exhibition) (1969-1970: Washington, D.C.)
  • Face of the Spirits: Masks from the Zaire Basin (Exhibition) (1994: Washington, D.C.)
  • Go Well, My Child: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee in Collaboration with Alan Paton (Exhibition) (1985-1986: Washington, D.C.)
  • Gold of Africa: Jewelry and Ornaments from Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal (Exhibition) (1989: Washington, D.C.)
  • History, Context, and Materials: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the National Museum of African Art (Exhibition) (1985-1986: Washington, D.C.)
  • Icons: Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa (Exhibition) (1989-1990: Washington, D.C.)
  • Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos (Exhibition) (1985: Washington, D.C.)
  • Images from Bamum: German Colonial Photography at the Court of King Njoya, Cameroon, West Africa, 1902-1915 (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.)
  • Images of Power and Identity (Exhibition) (1992-2004: Washington, D.C.)
  • Kalabari Ancestral Screens: Levels of Meaning (Exhibition) (1988-1989: Washington, D.C.)
  • Life . . . Afterlife: African Funerary Sculpture (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)
  • Literary Works of Leopold Senghor (Exhibition) (1978: Washington, D.C.)
  • Maasai (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)
  • Objects of Use (Exhibition) (1987-1988: Washington, D.C.)
  • Okakagbe: Contemporary Art for a Masking Tradition (Exhibition) (1981: Washington, D.C.)
  • Paintings by Edward Mitchell Bannister (Exhibition) (1967: Washington, D.C.)
  • Paramount Chiefs of Sierra Leone: Photographic Portraits by Vera Viditz-Ward (Exhibition) (1990-1991: Washington, D.C.)
  • Patterns and Forms (Exhibition) (1984: Washington, D.C.)
  • Patterns of Life: West African Strip-Weaving Traditions (Exhibition) (1987-1988: Washington, D.C.)
  • Praise Poems: The Katherine White Collection (Exhibition) (1984-1985: Washington, D.C.)
  • Puppets from West Africa: Mali, Nigeria, Guinea (Exhibition) (1980: Washington, D.C.)
  • Purpose and Perfection: Pottery as a Woman's Art in Central Africa (Exhibition) (1992-1997: Washington, D.C.)
  • Recent Acquisitions/New Directions (Exhibition) (1992-1993: Washington, D.C.)
  • Religious Art of Ethiopia (Exhibition) (Washington, D.C.)
  • Shoowa Design: Raffia Textiles from Zaire (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.)
  • Sounding Forms: African Musical Instruments (Exhibition) (1989: Washington, D.C.)
  • Tanner/Sorge (Exhibition) (1975)
  • The African Desert, 1975-1977: Photographs by Bernard Plossu (Exhibition) (1989-1990: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Ancient West African City of Benin, A.D. 1300-1897 (Exhibition) (1995-2004: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Art of the Personal Object (Exhibition) (1991-2007: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Essential Gourd (Exhibition) (1989-1990: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Language of African Art (Exhibition) (1976-1978: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Permanent Collection of the National Museum of African Art (Exhibition) (1987-1992: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Rising of a New Moon: A Century of Tabwa Art (Exhibition) (1986: Washington, D.C.)
  • The Sculptor's Eye: The African Art Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Gross (Traveling exhibition)
  • The Stranger Among Us (Exhibition) (1982: Washington, D.C.)
  • Traditional African Art from the Peabody Museum, Harvard University (Exhibition) (1966: Washington, D.C.)
  • Traditional Art of the Nigerian Peoples: The Ratner Collection (Exhibition) (1977-1978: Washington, D.C.)
  • Traditional Sculpture from Upper Volta (Exhibition) (1979: Washington, D.C.)
  • Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution (Exhibition) (1984: Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • Treasures of Ancient Nigeria: Legacy of 2000 Years (Exhibition) (1980-1981: Washington, D.C.)
  • Tribute to Africa: The Photography and the Collection of Eliot Elisofon (Exhibition) (1974: Washington, D.C.)
  • Useful Arts of Kenya (Exhibition) (1979-1980: Washington, D.C.)
  • West African Images (Exhibition) (1984: Washington, D.C.)
  • Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought (Exhibition) (1990: Washington, D.C.)
  • A Cloth of Honor (Exhibition) (1991: Washington, D.C.)

Notes

  • Folder List in accession file.
  • Electronic List in accession file.
  • For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.

Organization

Chronologic

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

  • 1964
  • 1964-1995

Topic

  • Art, African
  • Art museums
  • Museum loans
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Museum exhibits

Form/Genre

  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions
  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Floor plans
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Color photographs
  • Color transparencies

Local number

SIA Acc. 12-002

Physical description

23 cu. ft. (23 record storage boxes)

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