Clay: Modeling African Design

  • through November 14, 2021
  • Harvard Art Museums,, Cambridge, Massachusetts
By its very nature, clay embodies the notion of transformation, shifting from a soft to hard state in the course of firing. The unique malleability and plasticity of clay, as well as its prominent use in global art contexts, make it ideal for exploring not only African art forms and esthetics in particular, but also broader questions of design. This exhibition highlights artistic innovation and creativity in Africa through traditions of ceramic arts from across the continent and over history. Countering the assumption that African arts and societies are largely unchanging and bound to traditions and customs, the diversity of objects and styles here tells a different story. A selection of more than 50 works on loan appear alongside works from the Harvard Art Museums permanent collections.
 
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Pitcher with spout and handle, Algeria, Kabyle, late 19th or early 20th century, ceramic.

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