Boubacar Koné (1942-2016)
Anthropologist and Museum Founder Boubacar Koné passes away
Friday September 2nd, 2016
Anthropologist and Museum Founder/Curator Boubacar Koné passed away on August 3, 2016 in Los Angeles at age 74. Koné co-founded the Musée Boribana in Dakar, Senegal and the Pounder-Koné Art Space in Los Angeles with his wife, actress C.C.H. Pounder. Born in Senegal on October 25, 1942, Koné attended the Institute of International Journalism in Strasbourg France and was a member des Laboratoires (Etude de Systems de Pensees des Religions Africaine) in Dakar. In 1966, he was a member of the delegation of the African Institute for the first Festival Mondial des Arts Negres in Dakar. He then moved to Canada and worked with the Agnes Etherington Arts Center at Queens University in Kingston in their African Art Collection. He founded “Le Fetiche Gallery, opened the first African book store “Bouba” and the first African restaurant “Le Calao” all in Montreal. In 1990, Koné organized the first African-Caribbean Festival of Art in Montreal. He also was a consultant for the collection of African art of Elizabeth and Justin Lang and Advisor for the Afriki Gallery in Los Angeles. As a journalist in Montreal, his credits include the CBC, La Presse, the Montreal Star and the Maclean’s Magazine. In 1993, Koné and Pounder founded and built the Musée Boribana (Boribana Museum of Contemporary Art), the first contemporary art museum in Dakar featuring artists from the Diaspora and the emerging Senegalese contemporary scene. The private museum, which was curated by Khalifa Dieng and Koné, was transferred to the state of Senegal in 2014. Koné and Pounder also founded the Pounder-Koné Art Space, an art salon for visual artists, writers and musicians in Los Angeles. Koné is survived by his wife of 25 years, CCH Pounder; children Cheik, Aisha, Awa, Noah and Mariama; and three grandchildren, Raven, Cydney and Cheik. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the African Millennium Foundation or Empire Des Enfants.