Guest Lecture: "African Spirituality: Arts of Divination, Ceremony, and Ritual" by Dr. Kevin Dumouchelle
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Face mask, 20th century. Ivory Coast, Baule. Wood, metal, pigment 12 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of James and Patricia Ludwig, 2005.66
Dr. Kevin D. Dumouchelle joined the National Museum of African Art in October 2016. He was the lead curator for Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts, the museum’s recent, award-winning permanent galleries, which present the full range of time, place, and media represented in the National Museum’s collection. He has served as the NMAfA in-house curator for World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean and Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women.
Previously, Dumouchelle served a decade at the Brooklyn Museum as the curator in charge of the arts of both Africa and the Pacific Islands. At Brooklyn, he conceived two award-winning re-installations of the African collection: African Innovations (2011) and Double Take: African Innovations (2014). He has written books and articles on a range of topics and curated exhibitions on both contemporary and historical African art, including Power Incarnate: Allan Stone’s Collection of Sculpture from the Congo (2011) at the Bruce Museum and the Brooklyn Museum presentations of Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui (2013) and Disguise: Masks and Global African Art (2016).
Dumouchelle earned a Ph.D, M.Phil., and M.A. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University. His doctoral research in Ghana examined architectural modernity in Asante. He is also the recipient of a first-class master’s degree in history from Oxford University and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
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