Opening of "Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria"
Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
No other exhibition could give justice to the newly reinstalled African galleries at the MFAH like this show, the U.S. debut of more than 100 extraordinary copper, terra cotta and stone sculptures that were uncovered in the 1910s and 1930s in present-day Southwest Nigeria. Previously on view at the British Museum, the Ife artworks stand, as London's Guardian commented, "with the Terracotta Army, the Parthenon or the mask of Tutankhamen as treasures of the human spirit." This exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to understand a critical period in African art.
"Dynasty and Divinity" will be on view Sept. 19, 2010 through Jan. 9, 2011.