Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

  • through October 20, 2019
  • National Museum of African Art, Washington, D. C.
For more than two millennia, ironworking has shaped African cultures in the most fundamental ways. This exhibit reveals the history of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth's most basic natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, spiritual potency and astonishing artistry. It includes more than 225 artworks from across the African continent, focusing on the region south of the Sahara and covering a time period spanning early archeological evidence to the present day.

Talking Maps
Talking Maps
through March 8, 2020
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Kwaku Bempah (Asante artist) and unidentified blacksmith. Active early 20th century, Ghana double bell (dawuro, nnawuta), circa 1920, iron, wood.

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