Art of the Lega: Meaning and Metaphor in Central Africa

Art of the Lega: Meaning and Metaphor in Central Africa explores the art of the Lega peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo through a rich array of more than 200 magnificent anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures, masks, and ceremonial accoutrements in wood, bone, and ivory.

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Available from 2017 through 2019.


Elisabeth L. Cameron is professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Reclusive Rebels: An Approach to the Sala Mpasu and their Neighbors (San Diego Mesa College, 1991); Isn’t S/He a Doll? Play and Ritual in African Sculpture (UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1996); The Art of the Lega (UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 2001), and she is the co-editor of Portraiture & Photography in Africa (Indiana University Press, 2013).


The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly catalogue written by the guest curator, Elisabeth L. Cameron.


The exhibition and tour are co-organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and the American Federation of Arts.