On display in the Lobby Gallery are highlights of African art from the GTM’s permanent collection. The selection of artwork focuses primarily on ritual obejcts and masks, but also includes examples of textiles and currency. Throughout history, objects have served as symbols of spiritual and material power. The masks on display are all associated with strong religious and spiritual beliefs that influence the way a community responds to them. The functions of masks are as complex and varied as their forms.
Alongside the African objects is a display of anti-apartheid posters, pins, and documents that aims to provide some sense of the political struggle against the violent system of racial segregation that was in place in South Africa for much of the 20th century.
The documents and reproductions are examples of the visual material that was used all over the world in the decades long protest of the treatment of black South Africans. We hope that these pieces of history provide some insight into the protest movement and afford some space for reflection on the power and value of mass-movements in a time when injustice and racism are apparent in our own country.
YEAR OF SOUTH AFRICA
September 2014 – August 2015
Godwin-Ternbach Museum Lobby Gallery, Klapper Hall 4th Floor