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The Museum of Anthropology presents a new exhibition: May Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens – opening Friday, Oct 30, 7pm. This exhibit is a groundbeaking exhibition exploring the pivotal role of photography in changing the perception of African objects from artifacts to fine art.
“Man Ray, the master of experimental and fashion photography was also a painter, a filmmaker, a poet, an essayist, a philosopher, and a leader of American modernism. Known for documenting the cultural elite living in France, Man Ray spent much of his time fighting the formal constraints of the visual arts. Ray’s life and art were always provocative, engaging, and challenging.
In 1914, Man Ray met the experimental artist Marcel Duchamp who became Man Ray’s close friend and collaborator. Together, they attempted to bring some of the energy of the European experimental art movements such as “dada” to America.”