The Philadelphia Museum of Art is staging five exhibitions that show off the range of the artistic oeuvre from the African continent over the centuries.
Titled “Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art,” the major survey focuses on the diversity of materials, techniques, and traditions used in art across West and Central African cultures. For instance, “Three Photographers/Six Cities,” running from April 30 through September 25, presents contemporary photography of African cities by Akinbode Akinbiyi (Nigerian, born 1946), Ananias Léki Dago (Ivorian, born 1970), and Seydou Camara (Malian, born 1983); while “Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage,” which runs from April 30 through January 22, 2017, showcases the bold and colorful patterns of the firm’s luxurious yet traditional fabrics. And “The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community,” on view from May 14 through September 25, is a site-specific installation that introduces showgoers to the architect from Burkina Faso whose work emphasizes the collaborative and collective nature of building, responding to local cultures, knowledge, materials, and technologies.
The works are drawn from the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Penn Museum. May 14 through January 22, 2017, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA