Malvina Hoffman

June 15, 1887 - July 10, 1966    American Sculptor
was an American sculptor and author, well known for her life-size bronze sculptures of people. She also worked in plaster and marble. In the 1930s anthropology became a major discipline at the University of Chicago, with many prominent figures in the field in residence. Working closely with the anthropologists, Stanley Field, director, and the nephew of the founder, of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago commissioned Hoffman to create sculptures of people representing members of the diverse groups of humans in cultures around the world that became a permanent exhibition at the museum, which was popular for both for its artistic and cultural values. It was featured at the Century of Progress International Exposition, the Chicago World's Fair of 1933 that celebrated the centennial of the city. The museum also published a Map of Mankind, featuring her sculptures in a border surrounding a map of the world that was distributed widely with an informative, large-format booklet that made Hoffman's sculptures very well known..

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