Our artworks are being added to museums’ permanent collections. They will be available for museum exhibits, to researchers, and to professors for use in their courses.
Right/Below: This Gongoli mask from our collection is currently on display in the the African gallery of the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Right/Below: Rick Powell (left), Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University, evaluates a Bundu mask for use in courses he teaches while Trevor Schoonmaker (right), the Nasher’s Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, considers the mask for the museum’s permanent collection.
Right/Below: Textile curators from the Gregg, Jordan Cao (left) and Mary Hauser (right), carefully inspect a Senufo mud cloth before deciding to accept it.
We collected African art and textiles simply because we like them, and we’re thrilled that museums are finding many of our pieces to be culturally significant and museum-worthy.
Right/Below: Reggie tells Amanda Maples, Curator of African Art, that the Gongoli she’s receiving into the NCMA collection may have danced for Queen Elizabeth at Coronation Field in Bo, Sierra Leone in 1961.
In Sierra Leone Gongoli masks were kept in burlap sacks on the ground in mud huts in a very humid climate. At the NCMA the Gongoli now resides in an environmentally controlled space, and this is probably the last time the mask will be touched by ungloved hands.
Right/Below: People ask how we managed to get the collection to North Carolina. As sea freight. Here’s a photo of Reggie and our son, Hassan, in front of our home in Monrovia, Liberia with boxes of art ready to be loaded into a shipping container. This was in 1985 and was one of three shipments we did over the years.