|Painted wood model of royal altar, 1923-24, possibly by Ogiemwonyi Ubiagbe|
Meanwhile the Oba's oldest son, Prince Aiguobasinmwin, succeeded his father and commissioned a replacement of the ancestral altar in 1921. More bad luck: The replacement burned in 1923, and a replacement of the replacement was stolen in 1927.
|Model bronze heads, possibly by Ogiemwonyi Ubiagbe|
The Fowler is also presenting a mid-career retrospective, "Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World." India-born Banerjee moved to London, then the U.S., as a child. She took an engineering degree at Case Western and worked in the plastics industry a few years before going back to college for a Yale MFA. Her work explores the long shadow of colonialism and invites comparison to her Pattern & Decoration predecessors. Banerjee mixes up the strangeness of the natural and not-so-natural world, orchestrating gourds, lampshades, cowries, dolls, horns, feathers, masks, faux eyelashes, and porcupine needles.
|Rina Bannerjee, I am all that could stretch, 2014|