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Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection
Desert Jewels presents a superb collection of jewelry and late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs of North African landscapes, urban scenes, and portraits.
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TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa

Zebra Crossing III, 2007

When I Last Wrote to You about Africa brings together the full range of the artist's work, from wood trays referring to traditional symbols of the Akan people of Ghana; to early ceramics from the artist's Broken Pots series, driftwood assemblages that refer to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and wooden sculptures carved with a chainsaw; to the luminous metal wall-hangings of recent years, which have brought the artist international acclaim.

In his most recent metal wall sculptures, Anatsui assembles thousands of Nigerian liquor-bottle tops into moving patterns of stunning visual impact, transforming this simple material into large shimmering forms. When I Last Wrote to You about Africa includes a large number of Anatsui's works in metal: massive wall pieces and large-scale floor installations.

A richly illustrated catalogue El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, with contributions by Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University professor of philosophy at Princeton University; Lisa Binder, Curator at the Museum for African Art, New York; Olu Oguibe, professor of art and art history at the University of Connecticut; Chika Okeke-Agulu, assistant professor art and archaeology at Princeton University; and Robert Storr, dean of the Yale School of Art, accompanies the exhibition.

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa
is organized by the Museum for African Art, New York, and has been supported, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

For more information about this traveling exhibition, please contact exhibitions@africanart.org.



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