African Art on View from International Collections Accompanied by Programs and Scholarly Book

Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
May 16–October 14, 2012
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
150 objects from 25 little-known ethnic groups in central Nigeria. The first major international exhibition to present a comprehensive view of the arts of the region. Organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA in association with the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, from their collections and also with works from the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva, Berlin’s Museum of Ethnology, and private European and American collections.

Fowler Museum at UCLA: February 13–July 24, 2011
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art: Sept. 14, 2011–March 4, 2012

Curator’s Talk: Marla C. Berns speaks, Wed., May 16, 6 pm
Nollywood Film Festival: Sat., June 9, 11 am to mid-afternoon
Exhibition Tours: Thursdays at 12:15 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm

Free Admission: Wednesday–Sunday 11 am–5 pm, Thursdays until 8 pm. Open July 4th

Media Contact: Anna Koster, Head of Communications, 650-725-4657,

View press release and curriculum resource for this exhibition