Ota Benga

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

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2008

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)

4/5

Overall: 59 1/2 × 12 × 12 in. (151.1 × 30.5 × 30.5 cm)

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

2012.19

Geography

Place Made: United States, North America

Period

21st century

Object Name

Sculpture

Research Area

Sculpture

Not on view

Inscriptions

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

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

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

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

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

AAAS 67.5, GEOG 21.01, Black Consciousness and Black Feminisms, Abigail Neely, Winter 2019

ARTH 89.05, Art History: Theory and Method, Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Fall 2019

ARTH 89.05, Art History: Theory and Method, Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Fall 2019

HIST 2, #EverythingHasAHistory, Matthew Delmont and Max Fraser - OPEN HOURS, Fall 2019

HIST 2, #EverythingHasAHistory, Matthew Delmont and Max Fraser 2, Fall 2019

HIST 2, #EverythingHasAHistory, Matthew Delmont and Max Fraser, Fall 2019

Exhibition History

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

Global Contemporary: A Focus on Africa; Dorothy and Churchill Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26-December 8, 2019.

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

Provenance

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

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