Affinities of Form: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas from the Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection

Affinities of Form: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas from the Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection

July 14, 1996 to October 13, 1996

Raymond and Laura Wielgus began acquiring art from Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas in the 1950s, and over the next twenty years they assembled one of the premier private collections in the United States. In 1990, they committed their collection to the Indiana University Art Museum. This exhibition featured 100 works drawn from this extraordinary group, spanning a 3,000-year period, ranging from a unique small clay bowl and figure of 1200–900 B.C. from the Olmec culture of Mesoamerica to a powerful early 20th-century lifesize figure from the Angoram peoples in Papua New Guinea. Featured were spectacular examples of statuary, masks, ornaments, instruments, and ceramics.

Affinities of Form was organized by the Indiana University Art Museum and circulated by the American Federation of Arts.

Caption: Power Figure (Nkishi), detail, Songye peoples, Zaire, wood, iron, horn, fiber, cowrie shells, snakeskin, hair, and incrstation. Indiana University Art Museum. The Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection