African Arts: Global Conversations

  • through November 15, 2020
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York
This exhibition puts African arts where they rightfully belong: within the global art historical canon. It brings those works into greater, meaningful art historical conversations and critiques previous ways that encyclopedic museums and the field of art have or have not included them, pairing diverse African works across mediums with objects from around the world. Presented through 33 works, the exhibition considers how shared themes and ideas, such as faith, origins, modernism and portraiture, developed independently in different parts of the globe, moving beyond the story of European modernists' so called "discovery" of African arts and fills in the blanks in decades of art history textbooks.
Brooklyn Museum
"Mask (Mwaash ambooy), by Kuba artist, late 19th or early 20th century. Rawhide, paint, plant fibers, textile, cowrie shells, glass, wood, monkey pelt, feathers, 55.9 x 50.8 x 45.7 cm).

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