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"Eiteljorg Gallery of African Art Opens Tomorrow!"
2000-08-19 until 2000-08-31
Indianapolis Museum of Art
The IMA’s Eiteljorg Gallery of African Art features one of
the nation’s most comprehensive and innovative displays of
African art. It features more than 420 art works from
throughout the continent—from Mali and Côte d’Ivoire in the
West to Ethiopia and Kenya in the East, and from Egypt and
Morocco in the North to Zimbabwe in the South. Inclusion of
Northern African art is a significant feature of the gallery
because most art museums limit displays of African art to
works created by peoples living south of the Sahara Desert.
The gallery also showcases African art throughout time, from
ancient Egyptian and Nubian art to works created by
contemporary artists selling on today’s global art market.
The gallery is divided into five sections representing major cultural/geographic zones:
Northern, Western, Central, Southern and Eastern Africa. The display also explores three
major themes: diversity, connections and change.
Through the theme of diversity, the gallery recognizes the fact that art forms and traditions can
vary greatly from African one culture to another, even among those peoples who live close to
one another. The theme of connections examines similar cultural practices among some
African peoples, as some African art forms have endured for centuries and can be found in
many different cultures.
The theme of change illustrates variation and transformation in African art through the long,
rich history of the continent. From art of ancient times to works by today's artists, the gallery
demonstrates that African art is part of the history and culture of the peoples who create it.
female ancestor figure, probably early 20th century, wood,
41 5/8 x 8 x 7 3/4 in.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crane Fund, Richard M. Fairbanks Endowed Art Fund, Mary Black Fund, Lucille Stewart Endowed Art Fund, Mrs. Pierre F. Goodrich Endowed Art Fund, General Endowed Art Fund