THE AFRICAN ART PROJECT
In 1991 Drs. William and Jane
Bertrand donated 151 pieces of African art from Zaire to the Center.
Because of subsequent donations of art and textiles the Bertrand collection
now totals almost 500 pieces. The Center’s collection also includes a donation of
37 pieces of West African art from Dr. Pascal Imperato, 39 pieces of
African and Pre-Columbian art from Mrs. Ida Kohlmeyer, 34 pieces of decorative
art from Ghana from Mr. William Setoon, and a collection of 38 African
textiles from Mrs. Gail Povey. Also included in the Center’s collection
are numerous pieces from anonymous donors.
The Center’s collection is presently on display in the campus library
and multipurpose center. Up until recently the rest of the collection was housed
in the Center’s archives. Now a Collections storage room has been established
that is an accessible space for research and documentation. The collection
is therefore available to students, faculty, scholars, and interested visitors
to the SUNO campus. Dr. Bertrand’s initial goal for the collection was
as a didactic tool. And as it exists the collection, along with the Center’s,
archives is a great resource for undergraduate students in the arts, museum
studies, other humanities, and social sciences.
Included in the collection are initiation masks from both West and Central
African cultures, divination figures, Ethiopian headrests, a variety of examples
of Mbuti bark cloth and baskets, a number of ceremonial swords and weapons,
numerous pots, jars, and other utilitarian objects, and an assortment of royal
arts from West and Central Africa.
For more information on the Center’s African art collection or to set
up an appointment to view or research the collection please contact Sarah Clunis
in Collections storage at 504-286-5116.