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Alisa LaGamma: The African Origin of Civilization at the Met

The Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public. With inquiries, please contact Kara Carmack at kcarmack@nyss.org.

 

Alisa LaGamma is the Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Curator in Charge of the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Born in Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she spent her formative years in sub-Saharan Africa.  Graduate studies in African art history at Columbia University led her to undertake research in southern Gabon on the living tradition of Punu masks that culminated in her 1995 dissertation “The Art of the Punu Mukudj Masquerade: Portrait of an Equatorial Society.” Her exhibition projects at the Metropolitan since 1996 devoted to topics ranging from authorship to portraiture and empire have sought to situate African art historically and conceptually.  In 2010 she was a fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership and in 2012 the Bard Graduate Center recognized her work with the Iris Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

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