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Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria
Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria presents a major part of the extraordinary corpus of ancient Ife art in terra-cotta, stone, and metal, dating from the ninth to the fifteenth centuries.
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Current Traveling Exhibitions

A Congo Chronicle: Patrice Lumumba in Urban Art

A Congo Chronicle: Patrice Lumumba in Urban Art

This exhibition is available for travel.

Congo Chronicle: Patrice Lumumba in Urban Art
features Congolese urban art that portrays the life and tragic death of Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of the Congo after its independence from Belgium in 1960. The exhibition consists of approximately 90 works, including a series of nearly 50 paintings by Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu, an influential artist of the 1970s, and a number of recent works by other Congolese contemporary artists who emulate his style. These paintings demonstrate how memories of Lumumba were transformed into a powerful visual narrative of a popular cultural hero.

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Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection

Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection

This exhibition is available for travel.

Collected over three decades by Xavier Guerrand-Hermes, this unique collection reveals the astonishing power of traditional North African jewelry.Crafted from silver and semiprecious stones, the jewels, from simple ornaments that would be worn by a child to elaborate necklaces for women of wealth, illustrate the cultural diversity as well as the common themes that run through North African societies. The accompanying photographs depict the daily life of North African people as well as the breathtaking landscape and archaeological monuments that caught the attention of Westerners in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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Dogon Now: Masks in Motion

Dogon Now: Masks in Motion

This exhibition is available for travel.

The Dogon people of Mali have created an extraordinary cultural heritage, deeply embedded in a beautiful yet fragile physical environment. Masks in Motion: Dogon Now brings to life the performative experience of Dogon masquerade as a living and dynamic tradition that continues to evolve at the turn of the 21st century. This multimedia exhibition integrates masks and related objects with videos of ceremonies and performances, as well as interviews and photographs. As will be seen throughout the galleries, the Dogon create representations of their society that draw upon the past to meet the challenges of the present.

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Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria

Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria

Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria is a landmark exhibition devoted to the art of Ife, the ancient city-state of the Yoruba people of West Africa (in present-day southwestern Nigeria). The exhibition highlights the artistic accomplishments of this unique 12th- to 15th-century civilization and examines how factors of dynastic power and divine authority shaped their exceptional arts. Featuring more than 100 extraordinary bronze, terra-cotta, and stone sculptures ranging in date from the 9th to the 15th centuries, Dynasty and Divinity presents many works that have never before been on display outside of Nigeria.

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