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The Museum recently acquired a new woven photo work by contemporary artist Dinh Q. Le. Le’s photo-weavings present contradictory histories of the Vietnam War exploring how context, experience, and memory impact our view of history. The artist took film stills from the Hollywood movie Apocalypse Now and weaved them with black-and-white photographs of Vietnamese citizens and images of parachutes taken during or following the Vietnam War.
The Museum is currently displaying an egungun costume from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The costume is used during the annual or biennial egungun ceremony and during funeral rites. The costume is believed to be inhabited by a spirit during the masquerade performance and the wearer may mediate between the world of the living and dead in judicial and tribal matters. The costume is richly decorated and its appearance displays the wealth and status of the family who commissioned the costume.
Gerrit Berckheyde’s The Fish Market and the Grote Kerk at Haarlem is described in detail. Part of the Museum’s European Gallery, Berckheyde’s painting of Harlem’s main square is characteristic of cityscapes from the period. The piece was painted in the 1670s and the movement to paint cityscapes was motivated by civic self-awareness and an awakening national pride in Holland. They style of the painting, its composition, and criticism is described.