Reinstalled gallery of African art at The Art Institute of Chicago

Reinstalled gallery of African art at The Art Institute of Chicago

A reinstalled gallery of African art, with several new additions into the collection is on display at The Art Institute of Chicago. The new installation welcomes four new acquisitions as well as several exceptional loans from the Field Museum.

“With a revised color scheme and focused lighting, the new African art gallery affords a more intimate experience that showcases the exceptional artistic quality and cultural resonance of individual objects,” the museum says. “Key works from the collection anchor and elucidate the gallery’s four broad regional divisions: Northern Africa and the Sahel, Coastal West Africa, Central Africa, and Eastern and Southern Africa. A fifth, thematic section focuses on our important holdings of ceramics and textiles, two art forms predominantly created by women and still often overlooked by museums and collectors alike.”

To explain the various political and religious contexts of the gallery’s interpretive materials, new digital labels that provide a deeper view of the cultural and historical background of select collection highlights is introduced. Enhancing the gallery further is a new audio tour of a dozen works featuring the insights of various external collaborators, ranging from scholars working at different Chicago universities to a practitioner of the Yoruba divination system to the internationally renowned Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates. 

“This multivocal and multidisciplinary approach exponentially expands upon the single curatorial voice that has dominated museum displays until the very recent past and better mirrors the diversity of the cultural traditions represented by the multitude of objects on display in the new gallery,” the museum says.

Founder: Louise Blouin  


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