Art: The Colonial School

There was a time—and it was not so long ago—when the first word in a standard English-Swahili phrase book was "boy" (meaning an African of any age), and one of the first sentences to be mastered was, "Boy, fetch my boots." But under the noses of the colonials, the natives were taking a subtle revenge. Last week the Chicago Natural History Museum put on display 31 primitive sculptures from what might be called "the Colonial School"—a school of art dedicated to the proposition that the master race is slightly ridiculous.

The show was the idea of Phillip Lewis, the museum's curator...

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