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Marius de Zayas: The Root of African Art in New York

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dc.contributor.advisor Greet, Michele
dc.contributor.author Roberts, Kelsey
dc.creator Roberts, Kelsey
dc.date 2020-04-20
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T21:37:24Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T21:37:24Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/11813
dc.description.abstract This thesis focuses on how curatorial attitudes towards African art shifted in the first two decades of the twentieth century in both Europe and the United States. In the early 1900s, due to the European avant-garde’s interest in African objects, art dealers in the United States started to focus on the aesthetics of African art. One of whom, the USbased Mexican artist, art dealer, and theorist, Marius de Zayas, curated an exhibition in 1914 which, for the first time, portrayed objects from Africa as art. This paper examines the exhibitions in New York City which took place between 1914 and 1923 demonstrating how de Zayas continued to challenge the display of African objects as artifacts by showcasing them as art and juxtaposing them with European avant-garde paintings and sculpture. This thesis combines a close examination of the complex connections between European colonialism, art markets, and institutions with a discussion of both the European and American avant-garde to argue that Marius de Zayas set the precedent for the presentation and discussion of African art in the United States. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Marius de Zayas en_US
dc.subject African art en_US
dc.subject Modern Art en_US
dc.subject 291 Gallery en_US
dc.subject Paul Guillaume en_US
dc.title Marius de Zayas: The Root of African Art in New York en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Art History en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Art History en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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