African Innovations

A complete reinstallation of roughly 200 works from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-renowned collection of African art, African Innovations is organized with a particular focus on the aesthetic, social, political, and cosmological problems addressed by African artists through their work.

Art Exhibition previously on at Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, United States.
From Thursday 01 September 2011 to Saturday 31 December 2011

Emblem of the Leopard Spirit Society (Nkpa) image 'Elvis' Mask for Nyau Society image Mask for the Okuyi Society (Mukudj) image Three-Headed Figure (Sakimatwemtwe) image Banda Mask image Beaded Crown (Ade) of Onijagbo Obasoro Alowolodu, Ogoga of Ikere image Chief's Chair image Kuosi Society Elephant Mask image Elu Mask with Hinged Jaw image Red Escape II image Figure of a Hornblower image Snake Pendant image Figure of Mother and Child (Phemba) image Fragment of a Head image Funerary Headdress (Tugunga) image Skipping Girl image Helmet Mask (ndoli jowei) for Sande Society image Reliquary Guardian Figure (Eyema-o-Byeri) image Lipiko Mask image Vessel image

Published by Brooklyn Museum on Friday 09 September 2011.
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A dynamic and diverse range of objects that includes wood sculpture, metal casting, terracotta, textiles, and beadwork, African art has a long history of adaptation to and exchange with cultures near and far.

Marking the first time that the Museum’s African collection has been arranged chronologically, African Innovations invites the visitor to examine the continent’s long record of artistic excellence, extending from ancient times through the present day.The installation stretches over some 2,500 years, from masterworks of ancient Nubia and Nok to contemporary pieces from the twenty-first century. Art from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which comprises the majority of the collection, will be considered according to five themes: protection, transitions, authority, masquerade, and personal beauty. A concluding section, the Museum’s first dedicated space for contemporary African works, will contain pieces by artists such as Viyé Diba, Magdalene Odundo, and Yinka Shonibare. Each of these artists claims a part in African art history while drawing on global perspectives—thus continuing the ongoing history of African innovation.

African Innovations is organized by Kevin D. Dumouchelle, Assistant Curator, Arts of Africa & the Pacific Islands, Brooklyn Museum.

Long-Term Installation
South Gallery, 1st floor