Nichole N. Bridges, associate curator, Arts of Africa, Newark Museum

During the mid-19th to early 20th century, Kongo carvers produced elaborate ivory sculptures that may be considered successors to the 16th - and 17th-century Afro-Portuguese ivories produced by Sapi, Bini, and Kongo artists for export to the West. Bridges presents the Loango ivories in historical context with the earlier Afro-Portuguese ivories, demonstrating how these hybrid forms serve as important innovations in African artists’ response to changing courses of modernity in Africa.


This is a private event for Friends of African and Oceanic Art members.