collection of UVI African art exhibited in Fort Christian | News


The Libraries, Archives and Museums Division, as part of its Black History Month and VI Cultural Month series, is hosting an exclusive exhibit of African masks from the University of the Virgin Islands African Art Collection at the Fort Christian Museum , Department announced on Friday the Commissioner for Land Use Planning and Natural Resources, Jean-Pierre L. Oriol.

The exhibition opened on February 14 and will continue until March 31, according to the statement from the DPNR.

The full 233-piece mask collection was on display at the Reichhold Center for the Arts until September 2017, when Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused severe damage to the facility and as a result the collection suffered. . With a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the help of conservators from the Smithsonian Institute and AM Art Conservation, the Reichhold was able to restore several badly damaged pieces that are currently on display.

The exhibit contains Bundu helmets from the Sande Society of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Also included are two “Maiden Spirit” masks from Nigeria.

The Fort Christian Museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Monica Prosper, curator of the Fort Christian Museum, at 340-714-3678, ext. 8203 or Denise Humphrey, director of the Reichhold Center for the Arts, at 340-693-1552.


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