Art and Diplomacy: The Sculptural Brilliance of Ancient Ife
Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Artists the world over shape knowledge and material into works of unique historical importance. The arts of ancient Yoruba at Ife have long astonished and baffled scholars and connoisseurs alike. Blier addresses the importance of these remarkable bronze and terracotta sculptures, including the Kimbell’s Ife Head, around issues of political crisis and diplomacy.
These lectures, part of a continuing series, introduce the permanent collection and selected exhibitions on view at the Kimbell Art Museum. Free; no reservations required. Seating is limited. Piano Auditorium