VLISCO: AFRICAN FASHION ON A GLOBAL STAGE 30 April 2016 - 22 January 2017
Nouvelle Histoire collection, 2011, designed by Sasja Strengholt, Deux d’Amsterdam, for Vlisco. Photograph by Carmen Kemmink.
1 continent, 5 exhibitions, 1 season
From 30 April 2016
Philadelphia Museum of Art | Philadelphia, USA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents five exhibitions covering a broad spectrum of the arts from across the African continent, ranging from historical works of art to contemporary fashion, photography, design, and architecture.
The centerpiece is Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art, (14 May-25 Sep 2016). This major exhibition examines the rich artistic heritage of West and Central Africa, offering an unprecedented opportunity to discover connections between centuries-old traditions and contemporary artistic practices.
The other four exhibitions in Creative Africa will be: Three Photographers/Six Cities (30 Apr-25 Sep 2016), Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage (30 Apr-22 Jan 2017), The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community (14 May-25 Sep 2016), and Threads of Tradition (30 Apr 2016-Jan 2017).
Statue, c. 1520–80
Edo culture, Benin kingdom, Nigeria
Penn Museum, Philadelphia. Image courtesy of the Penn Museum. Photograph by Gary Ombler for Dorling Kindersley
May 14, 2016 - September 25, 2016
Innovation and tradition come together in a celebration of African art and design in the Perelman Building.
From contemporary photography, fashion, and architecture to centuries-old sculpture, Creative Africa presents the visionary work of artists throughout Africa. At the heart of the season is Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art, a major exhibition drawn from the Penn Museum’s distinguished African collection.
Creative Africa also boasts a dynamic schedule of programs, artist talks, family festivals, and community conversations. Highlights include a dance party with Liberian singer Fatu Gayflor and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, the family favorite Art Splash, and performances by award-winning dancer and choreographer Nora Chipaumire.
Woman’s Cloth (detail), c. 1930–80
Asante culture, Akan peoples, Ghana
Purchased with funds contributed by donors to the Costume and Textiles Revolving Fund, 2001-170-1a
Threads of Tradition
April 30 through January 2017
Costume and Textiles Study Gallery
Admire the dazzling patterns of traditional African textiles and uncover the techniques used to achieve them. This exhibition highlights a selection of West and Central African textiles acquired by the Museum in the last fifteen years as well as loans from the Penn Museum. Among the works on view are exquisite examples of kente cloth, vibrant Asante and Ewe textiles worn as a sign of wealth and prestige.
Curator: H. Kristina Haugland, The Le Vine Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles and Supervising Curator for the Study Room
Alexandra Township, from the series Shebeen Blues, 2007
Ananias Léki Dago, Ivorian, born 1970
Courtesy of the artist. © Ananias Léki Dago
Three Photographers/Six Cities
April 30–September 25, 2016
Julien Levy Gallery
Get a street-level view of six African cities—Cairo, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Bamako, and Tombouctou—through the work of three extraordinary African photographers. From Akinbode Akinbiyi’s careful observation of urban centers and Ananias Léki Dago’s off-beat scenes of Nairobi, Johannesburg, and Bamako, to Seydou Camara’s examination of endangered Islamic manuscripts in Mali, the images in this exhibition offer unique perspectives on contemporary African experience.
Curator: Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center
Surgical Clinic and Health Center, Léo, Burkina Faso, completed 2014
Designed by Francis Kéré, Burkinabe, active Berlin
Photograph courtesy of Kéré Architecture
The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community
May 14–September 25, 2016
Collab Gallery and the Skylit Atrium
Immerse yourself in a site-specific environment designed by acclaimed Burkinabe architect Francis Kéré. This exhibition sheds light on Kéré’s inventive approach to building, which views local expertise and materials as well as collective input as invaluable resources. In addition to sculpted spaces for visitors to gather, reflect, and converse, this exhibition offers a retrospective of Kéré’s award-winning projects, including a simple yet elegant design for a school in a remote village in Burkina Faso.
Curators: Kathryn Bloom Hiesinger, The J. Mahlon Buck, Jr. Family Senior Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700; Colin Fanning, Curatorial Fellow, European Decorative Arts & Sculpture