The Dogon people — a culture living along the steep and rocky Bandiagara escarpment in present-day Mali — have crafted art for centuries. Recently, the Menil Collection is displaying an exhibition showcasing a variety of subject matter, techniques and materials. A beautifully curated exhibit, “ReCollecting Dogon,” displays the uniquely surreal masks, deftly carved sculptures, iconic architecture and rich cosmology evident in Dogon culture and art.
Where You Can Find It and More
The Menil , one of Houston’s art museums that primarily houses the private collections of the founders John and Dominique de Menil, is where you can currently find the exhibit. Intricately crafted wooden masks, none of which are completely identical, are the feature at this particular. Similarly, the sculptures displayed along the walls as well as on podiums in the room. A variety of woods result in varying textures and finishes in the sculptures creating a visual dynamic.
The final installment of the Dogon inspired exhibit is an installment piece by Malian artist Amahigueré Dolo. His installment is comprised of small wooden sculptures emerging from their red clay base. An angelic figure is positioned at the front of the piece with large outstretched wings representing the end of life while the other figures are depicted going towards it.
“ReCollecting Dogon” is a cultural experience filled with traditional themes and history. It will be on view until July 9 when the exhibit will be relocating to another museum.