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African Masks: From the Collection of the NCAAA

Bare Gallery

February 28, 2020 - March 30, 2020

Gallery Hours
Open to Montserrat Community or by appointment

Reception: March 4th, 11:30am–12:30pm

In a joint collaboration between the Montserrat College of Art and the National Center for Afro-American Artists, students David Mshar ’20, Alexis Palmberg ’21, and Matthew Rahming ’23 teamed up with educator, artist, and curator Ari Montford to bring a selection of African Masks to campus. The exhibition encouraged conversations about art history, Eurocentrism, cultural appropriation, cultural exchange, and beyond.

Special thanks to Dr. Barry Gaither Director, NCAAA


Co-curator Ari Montford writes:

How can we define cultural appropriation as it pertains to our creative practice? This is the focus of the exhibition African Masks.

The works on view are from the collection of the National Center of Afro American Artists located in Boston MA.(NCAAA) As we move forward with discussions about inclusion and diversity at Montserrat we need safe spaces for identifying ways of creating a cultural language of tolerance and belonging.

Therefore, the work is about a way of exploring a social construct of design ethics, to bring a clearer understanding or lens to the intersection of social ideas and programming, impacting how we come to see the African masks on exhibit. How do these works impact and inform our creative practice?