‘The Elegant Form: Utility, Ritual And Prestige’

Pablo Picasso was on to something. His collection of African objects made its way into his art, most famously in the 1907 painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” For much of the viewing public, it was the first time they saw an image of tribal art. Douglas Dawson is an expert in ethnographic, aka tribal, art. His eponymous gallery in Chicago has loaned art to Moremen Moloney Contemporary; the resulting exhibition features art such as paintings, sculpture and wearable objects. “But why should we, today, look and consider ethnographic art?” said Dawson. “We should because it broadens our own cultural and aesthetic horizon. Tribal art can help us understand much about the art of our day and illustrate how others maneuvered the complexities of life. But perhaps the most important and simplest reason: It is beautiful, interesting and thought provoking!” -—Jo Anne Triplett


Moremen Moloney Contemporary
939 E. Washington St.

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‘The Elegant Form: Utility, Ritual And Prestige’

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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