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Dumouchelle, Kevin

Curator

Research specialties: African art history; ‘traditions of modernity’ in 19th/20th century African arts and visual culture; arts of Western and Central Africa; African architecture; history of collecting; contemporary art and artists; African avant-gardes.

Positions

Geographic Focus

Background And Education

Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Art History, Columbia University , Department of Art History & Archaeology, Traditions of Modernity in an African City: Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Kumasi 2009 - 2017
  • M.Phil. in Art History, Columbia University , Department of Art History & Archaeology 2007 - 2009
  • M.A. in Art History, Columbia University , Department of Art History & Archaeology 2006 - 2007
  • M.S. in Modern History (MSt. Hons), Oxford University 2003 - 2005
  • B.S. in Foreign Service, Georgetown University , School of Foreign Service 1998 - 2002

Professional Biography

  • Kevin D. Dumouchelle joined the National Museum of African Art in October 2016. He was the lead curator for Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts, the museum’s recent, award-winning permanent galleries, which present the full range of time, place, and media represented in the National Museum’s collection. He has served as the NMAfA in-house curator for World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean and Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women.

    Previously, Dumouchelle served a decade at the Brooklyn Museum as the curator in charge of the arts of both Africa and the Pacific Islands. At Brooklyn, he conceived two award-winning re-installations of the African collection: African Innovations (2011) and Double Take: African Innovations (2014). He has written books and articles on a range of topics and curated exhibitions on both contemporary and historical African art, including Power Incarnate: Allan Stone’s Collection of Sculpture from the Congo (2011) at the Bruce Museum and the Brooklyn Museum presentations of Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui (2013) and Disguise: Masks and Global African Art (2016).

    Dumouchelle earned a Ph.D, M.Phil., and M.A. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University. His doctoral research in Ghana examined architectural modernity in Asante. He is also the recipient of a first-class master’s degree in history from Oxford University and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Awards And Honors

Research And Grants

Publications

Selected Publications

  • Article

    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2017. "Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts." Tribal Arts, 21-4, (85) 86–95. 2017
    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2013. "Curating African Art History." African Arts, 46, (3) 7–8. 2013
    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2012. "In Memoriam: William Siegmann (1943-2011)." African Arts, 45, (3). 2012
    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2011. "African Art in Detail." African Arts, 44, (2) 93–94. 2011
    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2011. "African Innovations." Tribal Arts, 15-4, (61) 92–101. 2011
    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2010. "Traditions of Modernity: Currents in Architectural Expression in Kumasi." Ghana Studies, 12-13 155–188. 2010
  • Book

    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2015. African Art at the Barnes Foundation, Clarke, Christa and Dolkart, Judith, editors. Philadelphia: Barnes Foundation. 2015
    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2014. Brooklyn Museum Handbook, Stayton, Kevin, editor. Brooklyn: Brooklyn Museum. 2014
    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2012. Collecting for the Future: a Decade of Collection Highlights, Stayton, Kevin, editor. Brooklyn: Brooklyn Museum. 2012
    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2011. Power incarnate: Allan Stone's collection of sculpture from the Congo. Greenwich, Conn.: Bruce Museum. 2011
  • Chapter

    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2020. "Thinking With Masks: Surveying the Literature on Bifwebe." In Kifwebe: A Century of Songye and Luba Masks. Neyt, François, editor. 302–319. Milan, Italy: 5 Continents Editions. 2020
    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2014. "Bill Siegmann: a Connoisseur's Curator." In Visions from the forest: the art of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Grootaers, Jan-Lodewijk and Bortolot, Alexander, editors. Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Institute of Arts. 2014
    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2009. "Beyond the Body Boundary: Queer[y]ing the Photographs of Rotimi Fani-Kayode and Samuel Fosso." In Expressions of the body: representations in African text and image. Baker, Charlotte, editor. 63–93. Oxford ; New York: Peter Lang. 2009
  • Review

    • Dumouchelle, Kevin D. 2012. [Book review] "African Goldweights: Miniature Sculptures from Ghana 1400-1900." African Arts, 45, (2), 92–93. 2012

Activities

Responsible Collections Areas

  • The arts of Africa, from antiquity to today.

Contact

Location

Mailing Address

  • Kevin D. Dumouchelle, PhD

    Curator

    National Museum of African Art

    Smithsonian Institution

    MRC 708, P.O. Box 37012

    950 Independence Avenue, SW

    Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Shipping Address

  • Kevin D. Dumouchelle, PhD

    Curator

    National Museum of African Art

    Smithsonian Institution

    MRC 708, P.O. Box 37012

    950 Independence Avenue, SW

    Washington, D.C. 20013-7012