Gallery Jatad is celebrates its one-year anniversary with an exhibition of antique traditional African masks. More than 25 masks include pieces from the Dan, Guro, Baule, Bamana, Dogon, Mumuye, Tikar, Chokwe and Lega.
A rare mask from the Lwalwa people of the Congo is carved from wood and plated with copper sheeting. The mask is a tribute that indicates the owner had attained the highest level of social status. A particularly striking mask from the We people of the Ivory Coast, adorned with cowrie shells, hair, teeth, furniture tacks and brass bells, is both fierce and serene.
The African masks are accompanied by a group show of paintings and drawings by local Houston artists, including Michael Arcieri, Mark Cervenka, Nelda Gilliam, Linda Simien Kelly and Lisa Qualls.
On view through Aug. 16.