The Dallas Museum of Art has one of the leading collections of African art in this country — thanks, in part, to the early interest and continuing support of Margaret McDermott. For the 40th anniversary of the collection, the DMA has released a handsomely illustrated new book (through Yale University Press), The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art. The book showcases 110 items in the museum — from fantastic masks and crowns to statues and clothing. The author is Roslyn Adele Walker, the DMA’s senior curator of the Arts of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific. Before coming to the DMA, Dr. Walker was the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D. C.
We talk to Dr. Walker about the collection, about the nature of African art and about her book. Tonight at 7 p.m. at the DMA, she’ll be signing The Arts of Africa and talking about her research and the items currently on display.
Headdress from Guinea and the nkisi nkondi from the Congo