Art of the Lega: Meaning and Metaphor in Central Africa

October 5, 2002—May 4, 2003

Art of the Lega: Meaning and Metaphor in Central Africa presented nearly 200 spectacular works of the Lega peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The works exhibited––exquisite masks, spoons, baskets, hats, animals, abstracted figures and more––were drawn from the impressive collection of physicist Jay T. Last, which ranks among the most important, most comprehensive bodies of Lega objects in the world.

Many beautiful examples of Lega art are illustrated in the exhibition catalog Art of the Lega (ISBN 0930741889).

The exhibition was co-organized and produced by the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Exhibition education programs were supported by The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Community Arts Fund and Target Stores. Midwest Airlines was the official airline sponsor of the exhibition.

Mask. Wood and pigment. Height: 8 5/8 in. UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History [L2000.45.45]. Promised gift of Jay T. Last. Photo by Don Cole.

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