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In 1990 when Bobbi Hamill decided to attach a performance hall for chamber music concerts to the back of her small ranch house in Newton, her collection of European religious art and 19th-century architectural prints seemed to fit the space perfectly. Twelve years later she started collecting tribal art, and gradually pieces from Africa and Asia began to inhabit a space intended for illuminated manuscripts and Mozart. The juxtaposition of a Dogon Sim mask, a Vietnamese crown of porcupine quills, and an 18th-century Bavarian corpus Christi can be a bit jarring but on the other hand, watching the objects work out their aesthetic relationships to one another, visitors can gain intriguing insights into form and power.

RSVP: Friends-AfricanandOceanic@mfa.org

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