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"Yoruba Masquerade"
1999-12-10 until 2000-04-09
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA United States of America

The masked performances of the Yoruba-speaking people of western Nigeria and the eastern Republic of Benin are a spectacular blend of sculpture and costume, music, and dance. The masquerade called Egungun, for instance, honors the ancestors and acknowledges their influence in the lives of their kin.

Gelede celebrates the supernatural powers of women and promotes ideals of behavior through satirical social critiques. This exhibition presents a sampling of the art of the Yoruba masquerade, including works for Egungun and Gelede, from the Art Institute's growing African art collection.


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