NARM Quarterly Winter 2020 | Page 16

Exhibitions for Rent

Ancestors of Congo Square: African Art in the New Orleans Museum of Art

This exhibition highlights one of the most impressive areas of the museum's permanent collection: its extensive holdings in African art. The exhibition also explores the strong artistic and cultural connections between New Orleans and Africa.

The title of the exhibition and its accompanying book is a nod to the historic Congo Square adjacent to the French Quarter in New Orleans, where African American slaves would gather to socialize, make music and dance in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Image : 91.29

King's Tunic (agbada ileke)

Unidentified, Yoruba

Glass beads, cloth

35 x 48 x 6 1/2 in (88.9 x 121.92 x 16.51 cm)

Museum purchase, Robert P. Gordy and Carrie Heiderich Art Funds