[Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Kuba Culture, Shoowa people, Ceremonial Textile Panel, late 19th to early 20th century, permanent collection LACMA.]
In the last ten years the High's collection of African Art has really grown. During that time, an array of sculptures have been in the gallery's limelight more often than textiles but this spring and summer the focus will broaden when Symmetry/Asymmetry: African Textiles, Dress, and Adornment opens March 23.
[Henri Cartier-Bresson photograph of Matisse in his studio 1943-44, from Matisse, His Art and His Textiles.]
Reminder: This previously posted video with LACMA curator Sharon Takeda offers a great intro to Kuba cloth. And the example posted at top just happens to be a personal favorite from LACMA's collection -- no direct connection to the High's show.