Hand Held: Personal Arts from Africa
WHEN: September 25, 2011 – February 5, 2012
WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
Discover more than 80 visually engaging objects used in daily life in Africa that brilliantly merge artistry and utility. Late 19th- and early 20th-century hats, combs, vessels, baskets, seats, blankets, and wearable textiles drawn from the BMA’s outstanding African collection include several major recent acquisitions being shown for the first time. These beautiful works represent 21 African countries: Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, and Zambia. The exhibition is installed in galleries adjacent to the museum’s African collection, providing a more expansive view of the BMA’s remarkable holdings. A selection of videos and photographs will show how the objects were created and used.
The exhibition also looks forward to the dramatic reinstallation of the BMA’s African collection by 2014. The new display will showcase a greater variety of objects and thematic groupings that encourage visitors to make personal connections with African artworks.
(Above: Lwena peoples, Angola. Comb. Early 20th century. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of The Honorable Albert H. Blum and Mrs. Blum, Baltimore, BMA 1989.655)