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Abstract

Curated by Alisa LaGamma, the exhibition “Art and Oracle: Spirit Voices of Africa,” opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, on April 26 and running through July 30, will include approximately 200 works selected from public and private collections in the United States and abroad. The companion catalogue, “Art and Oracle: African Art and Rituals of Divination”, is by LaGamma, with an essay by John Pemberton III. Published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Harry N. Abrams, New York (80 pp., 5 b/w and 50 color photos, $19.95 softcover), it illustrates fifty of the most representative works in the exhibition and includes extended commentaries on their significance. Upon the opening of “Art and Oracle,” the museum plans to launch an electronic version of the catalogue on its Web site (www.metmuseum.org). It will feature an additional section, organized by the University of the Witwatersrand Art Galleries in Johannesburg, presenting objects from South African museum collections with discussion by South African scholars. Other MMA curatorial departments will also participate in the electronic catalogue, contributing works from other parts of the world that relate to the exhibition theme. The text in this article has been adapted from the catalogue's introductory statement. All photographs are courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.