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225 Photographic prints
silver gelatin (3 boxes)
black & white
8 x 10 in.
Peoples and kingdoms whose art works are shown include the Asante, Baule, Benin, Boki, Dogon, Fang (Pahouin), Ijo, Kuba, Lumbu, Mama, Mende, Mpongwe, Punu and Yoruba. Objects depicted include garments, doors, fly whisks, gold weights, headrests, jewelry, masks, musical instrument such as bells and rhythym pounders, power figures, pipes, staff finials, stools and wood sculptures of men and women.
Walker Evans, 1903-1975, photographer and educator. Studied at Williams College in 1923 and the Sorbonne in Paris in 1926, worked as a photographer for the Farm Security administration from 1935 to 1937, worked as a contributing editor to Time magazine from 1943 to 1945, and served as an associate editor and staff photographer at Fortune magazine from 1946 to 1965. Mr. Evans also taught graphic arts at Yale University and served as artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College.
Custodial History note
Photographs assembled in a portfolio entitled, "African Negro Art: Photographs by Walker Evans," in conjunction with the exhibit entitled, "African Negro Art," held at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City in 1935. The images have been published in the following books: Paul Radin's African Folktakes & Sculpture (New York: Pantheon Books, 1952), James Johnson Sweeney's African Sculpture (Princeton University Press, 1970), James Johnson Sweeney's African Negro Art (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1935), and Virginia-Lee Webb's Perfect Documents: Walker Evans and African Art, 1935 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000). Donated by Dr. Samuel Stern, 1985.
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Images indexed by negative number.
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012