Overview

The publications program at the Gallery plays a vital role in the museum’s mission. Our exhibition catalogues, Bulletin, and monographic titles serve a wide variety of audiences, from casual museum-goers to scholars. The Gallery also offers free online access to many of its out-of-print publications.

Note from the Editor

Hands holding the Bámigbóyè exhibition catalogue in front of a Yoruba textile.

Now available in the Museum Store, Bámigbóyè: A Master Sculptor of the Yorùbá Tradition is the first monograph dedicated to the 50-year career of the Nigerian artist Moshood Olúṣọmọ Bámigbóyè (ca. 1885–1975). Bámigbóyè was one of a number of Yorùbá woodcarvers with workshops in southwestern Nigeria and is best known for the masks he carved for local religious festivals called Ẹpa, which are considered some of the most complex and elaborate works of Yorùbá art ever made. The catalogue accompanies a major international loan exhibition organized by James Green, the Frances and Benjamin Benenson Foundation Associate Curator of African Art, reuniting for the first time the masterworks attributed to Bámigbóyè’s workshop—among them the Gallery’s Equestrian Shrine Figure (Ojúbọ Ẹlẹ́ṣin) Depicting a Priestess of Ọya (1920–40). In addition to essays by leading scholars, the book presents the first published translation of Bámigbóyè’s full oríkì, or oral praise poem, recited by the artist’s family in honor of the exhibition. The catalogue offers a definitive account of a man who was revered not only as a sculptor with local, courtly, and colonial patrons but also as a healer and figure of religious and political importance in his community.

Tiffany Sprague

Director of Publications and Editorial Services

News

The 2010 exhibition catalogue Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, a collaboration among students from Yale University and the University of Maryland, College Park, is one of the many out-of-print publications now available through the Gallery’s new Online Access project. This initiative, which vastly expands the reach of our award-winning publications, will make available more than five decades of research and scholarship via free PDFs on our website. In addition to providing renewed access to many foundational texts that had fallen beyond the reach of researchers, scholars, and students, the ADA-compliant PDFs offer sight-impaired readers full access to our publications for the first time. When the project is complete, more than 125 catalogues—featuring artwork in all media, from all regions of the globe and across time—will be available online.

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