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"Passages: Photographs in Africa by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher"
2000-07-14 until 2000-09-24
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Examining the lifecycle as well as the political and spiritual beliefs
of its societies, this exhibition will include 95 images of African
rituals by photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. The
photographers spent 10 years traveling through Africa to document
customs and rights of passage, many of which were closed to the outside
world and may never be seen again.
Among the images in the exhibition
are coming of age ceremonies for Maasai boys in Kenya and Krobo girls in
Ghana; an extraordinary stick fight for brides among the Surma of
southwestern Ethiopia; and wedding adornment for Himba brides in
northwestern Namibia. The exhibition will also include 40 objects from
the BMA's renowned collection, including a full-body Yoruba Gelede mask,
an 11-foot-high Dogon mask, and a fantasy coffin from Ghana. There will
be six video monitors displaying the photographer's footage of African
rituals. Accompanying the entire exhibition will be music by
musician-composer David Bradnum, who has traveled with Beckwith and
Fisher on many of their expeditions.
Organization: The exhibition was organized by William Siegmann, Curator of the Arts of Africa at the BMA.
Publication: These images first appeared in African Ceremonies, a deluxe two-volume set published by Harry N. Abrams in 1999. The publisher plans a single-volume, full-color catalogue for Passages available mid-year.