African Adventures with William R. Leigh and his Contemporaries
October 2 2010 - April 2 2011
In 1926, famed western artist William R. Leigh joined an expedition led by naturalist and sculptor Carl Akeley to gather material for the African Hall of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The studies he created during that trip formed the basis upon which many of the diorama backgrounds were created. Leigh also used his African experiences to pen Frontiers of Enchantment: An Artist's Adventures in Africa (published in 1938).
During the fall of 2010 and winter of 2011, the Museum will display the original illustrations Leigh created for his book. These wonderfully rendered works will be on view alongside the sculptures of other artists who worked at the American Museum including Carl Akeley, James Lippitt Clark, Robert Rockwell, Louis Paul Jonas, and Charles R. Knight.