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Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone
March 7–May 10, 2015
Special Exhibitions Gallery and Judi and Milt Stewart Hexagon Gallery, first floor

IU Art Museum is one of four national venues to host this first major showing of traditional art from the West African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone. The exhibition brings together more than seventy objects from the collection of the late William Siegmann (1943–2011), former curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum and an IU alumnus who lived and worked in Liberia between 1965 and 1987. Siegmann assembled a collection that not only presents typical masks, figures, and prestige arts from more than a dozen ethnic groups, but also explores nuances in forms and motifs of similar object types that serve as markers of local preferences as well as of individual artists’ choices.

Women behind the Camera
The world of professional photography in the early- to mid-twentieth century was largely a men’s club, but a small group of talented women paved the way for future generations of female “lensmen.” Portraits by three of these pioneers—Imogen Cunningham, Berenice Abbott, and Toni Frissell—are featured.

Women behind the Camera will be on view until May 24, 2015, in the first floor Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Endowed Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art. Please see New in the Galleries for more information about other special installations.