Exhibition of African art opens Sunday at the Snite

Author: Carol C. Bradley

Mort Collection, Snite Museum

Wealth, Power, Society: African Art from the Owen David Mort, Jr. Collection is on display at the Snite Museum of Art through Sunday, Dec. 18.

This exhibit features dazzling high-status and royal costumes and beadwork, iron and brass weapons, symbols of authority and currency, as well as masks and other objects used to communicate with the spirit world in order to maintain social stability and traditional moral structures.

Photo Gallery

Numbering about one thousand works of art, the collection contains important 19th- and 20th-century objects from traditional African groups throughout the continent, but the main portion was developed in Zaire, the present day Democratic Republic of Congo, where Mr. Mort lived and worked from 1974-1983.

The exhibition continues through Dec. 18.Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Closed Mondays and holidays.