Thursday, March 8, 2012

Expanding Africa at the Newark Museum

For nearly a century, the Newark Museum has been a pioneer among U.S. museums in the collecting and display of African art. Today, the Museum’s nationally known collection includes nearly 5,000 works representing artistic creativity, past and present, from throughout the continent.

Expanding Africa at the Newark Museum: New Visions, New Galleries features exceptional works of art from the Museum’s extensive and ever-growing collection. Bringing together contemporary and historic works in a range of different media, the exhibition seeks to broaden conventional ideas about African art while encouraging dialogue about its constantly evolving definition. The exhibition also introduces the Newark Museum’s initiative to expand its galleries for the exhibit and teaching of African art, the completion of which is planned to coincide with the centennial of this important collection in 2015.

Visit the official website of the Newark Museum.

Female figure  -  Chokwe, Angola  - Late 19th or early 20th century
Many Came Back, 2005  -  El Anatsui
Shawl (lamba akotofahana)  -  Madagascar  -  19th century
Untitled (Seated Woman), 1956–1957  -  Seydou Keita

Text and images courtesy of the Newark Museum

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