Exposition – Clay, Modeling African Design – until November 14, 2021, University Collections Gallery: African Art, Harvard Art Museums

Pitcher with spout and handle, Algeria, Kabyle, late 19th–early 20th century. Ceramic. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Gift of Dr. Algernon Coolidge, 31-27-50/B5085, TL41971.42. Photo: © President and Fellows of Harvard College; Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

This exhibition highlights artistic innovation and creativity in Africa as seen primarily through the traditions of ceramic arts from across the continent and over its long history. Countering the assumption that African arts and societies are largely unchanging and bound to traditions and customs, the remarkable diversity of objects and styles on display here tells a different story. A selection of more than 50 works on loan from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, including those by newly discovered Nigerian artist Alice Osayewe, are shown alongside works from the Harvard Art Museums permanent collections, such as contemporary photographs by Malian artist Malick Sidibé.

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