The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s holdings of the artistic traditions of sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas are today regarded as canonical. They constitute such an integral part of the institution that few realize their inclusion is the result of the vision and sustained efforts of a uniquely influential figure in both American political life and the New York art scene: Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908–1979). This fall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates that legacy with The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of “the Best” in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, on view from October 7, 2013, through October 5, 2014.
|Feathered tunic - Inca, Peru - 1450–1550 CE|
|Hunchback figure with staff - Huastec, Mexico - 10th–12th century|
|Seated figure - Dogon, Mali - 16th–20th century|
Images and information courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art