The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision

Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Alisa LaGamma, Eric Kjellgren, Joanne Pillsbury & Yaëlle Biro

 

Synopsis

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, reflect on an extraordinary act of philanthropy that was also a catalyst for momentous change in the art world. In establishing the Museum of Primitive Art (MPA) in 1956—the precursor to what is today the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (AAOA) at the Metropolitan Museum—Nelson Rockefeller was a true pioneer, assembling what remains the greatest collection of fine art from these disparate fields.

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Authors

Alisa LaGamma is the Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer Curator of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Eric Kjellgren is Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator at The Met.

Joanne Pillsbury is Curator of Ancient American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Yaëlle Biro is Associate Curator of African art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.