Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone

April 9, 2014 – August 17, 2014

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 3 Floor Plan

William Siegmann (1943-2011), former curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum, lived and worked in Liberia from 1965 to 1987. While there he began collecting art from Liberia and Sierra Leone. Siegmann's collection, particularly rich in masks, provides an excellent overview of the region's traditional art forms, including numerous objects used in girls' initiation ceremonies, divination figures, ritual objects and body ornaments cast in brass, small steatite figures dating from the 15th to 18th centuries, and textiles.