The Phillips Collection wants to introduce you to the man who helped introduce the world to African art through the lens of his camera. The new exhibit, Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens examines a parallel history, the role of photography in shaping international understanding of African objects as art, in the 1920s and 1930s according to press notes. Phillips describes the collection of more than 100 photographs and objects as a revealing look at photography’s complex engagement with African art by exploring African art in the context of American modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, surrealism, and the worlds of high fashion and popular culture, at the same time as it investigates issues of race, gender, and colonialism during the modernist era.
The photographs in Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens were captured mostly by Man Ray. Other notable photographers are also included to round out the exhibition. For more information about the exhibit and the Phillips Collection visit them online.