Mbole-Yela peoples, Democratic Republic of Congo. Mask, n.d. Wood. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm). Collection of Dr. Robert Horn.

Engaging African Art: Highlights from the Horn Collection

January 27, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Hodge Gallery

This exhibition features African artworks from the Dr. Robert Horn collection. Dr. Horn began collecting African art more than 50 years ago and the collection contains more than 60 African cultures, primarily from countries in Western and Central Africa. This collection includes masks as well as small-to-medium-sized figures made of wood, bone, metals, clay, and beads, representing various spiritual, social, and ceremonial messages. From ritual to status-related objects, Engaging African Art demonstrates the rich diversity of African visual expressions and cultures.

From the Exhibition

  • Senufo peoples, Cote d'Ivoire. Strainer, n.d. Wood. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm). Collection of Dr. Robert Horn.

  • Luba people, Democratic Republic of Congo. Kifwebe Mask, n.d. Wood. 13 in. (33 cm). Collection of Dr. Robert Horn.

  • Dogon peoples, Republic of Mali. Altar Figure, n.d. Stone. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm). Collection of Dr. Robert Horn.

  • Fang peoples, Gabon. Ngumba Figure, n.d. Wood. 21 in. (53.3 cm). Collection of Dr. Robert Horn.

  • Azande people, Democratic Republic of Congo. Figure, n.d. Wood and metal. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm). Collection of Dr. Robert Horn.

  • Lega Peoples, Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Lega Four Face Figure, 19th–mid 20th century. Wood, patina. 11 3/4 inches. Collection of Dr. Robert Horn