In Memoriam

Boubacar Koné (1942-2016)

Anthropologist and Museum Founder Boubacar Koné passes away

Portrait Boubacar Koné

By Richard Hoffman
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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.