Ota Benga

Fred Wilson, American, born 1954, after Caspar Mayer, American, 1871 - 1931


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Bronze with silk scarf and wood base (created from a 3-D scan of Caspar Mayer’s plaster cast of a plaster life mask of Ota Benga)


Overall: 59 1/2 x 12 x 12 in. (151.13 x 30.48 x 30.48 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the William S. Rubin Fund and the Contemporary Art Fund



North America, United States


21st century

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On view


Carved, in wooden base: “I’m the one who left, and didn’t come back.”; cast initials, CM [Caspar Meyer] on collar of bust; cast inscription, on front of base: "PYGMY"

Course History

WRIT 5, On Poor Taste, William Boyer, Winter 2015

SOCY 7.1, Race and Ethnicity, Emily Walton, Winter 2015

SOCY 7.2, Race and Ethnicity, Emily Walton, Spring 2014

FREN 7, French Graphic Novels, Annabelle Cone, Spring 2013

ENVS 80, Writing Our Way Home: The Writing That Sustains Us, Terry Tempest Williams, Spring 2013

Exhibition History

Word and Image in Contemporary Art, Churchill P. Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 26-August 4, 2013.

Fred Wilson, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California, February 4-March 31, 2012.


Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California; sold to present collection, 2012.

This record was created from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator; it may be inaccurate or incomplete.

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