A student-curated installation aims to demonstrate the diversity of African visual expression and material culture, challenging Western conceptions of the continent as a homogenous cultural sphere.
The exhibition features works from the museum’s African collection, which has been reinstalled from the East Gallery to the East Ambulatory. Spanning 11 distinct ethnic groups, 11 contemporary African nations, and 500 years of history, the exhibition not only draws attention to the pragmatic and symbolic dimensions of the objects on display, but also situates them in historical context and interrogates the commercial and colonial processes that produced them and brought them to American museums.
The African exhibition is curated by students in the seminar African Art in Museums: From Collection to Display, under the direction of Matthew Rarey, assistant professor of the arts of Africa and the Black Atlantic.
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