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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Raffia, Beads and Ballots

[Elephant Headdress, Bamileke Artist, Cameroon, 19th century, 
glass beads, wood, cloth, raffia, 17 1/2 inches.]

Again this year, the High Museum of Art is hosting Collectors' Evening. On Friday, January 28th at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to choose a new work (or possibly works) for the Museum's permanent collection. In a series of videos online now, and during the event, each High curator presents a piece. Guests then have an opportunity to vote for their favorites. The work(s) that receive the most votes will be purchased by the High.

Fingers crossed for this 19th-century African elephant headdress.

Curator of African Art, Carol Thompson, makes her case here (and her video includes a terrific image of a traditional elephant masquerade, too).

Details about the collectors' dinner, as well as the other pieces up for consideration (including a Minnie Evans with mask-like faces), can be found here.

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