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Afrocosmologies: American Reflections

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Afrocosmologies: American Reflections
October 19, 2019 – January 20, 2020

Black artists explore ideas about spirituality and culture in Afrocosmologies: American Reflections. Alongside artists of the late-nineteenth century, contemporary artists define new ideas about spirituality, identity, and the environment in ways that move beyond traditional narratives of Black Christianity. In dialogue, these works acknowledge a continuing body of beliefs—a cosmology—that incorporates the centrality of nature, ritual, and relationships between the human and the divine. Emerging from the rich religious and aesthetic traditions of West Africa and the Americas, these works present a dynamic cosmos of influences that shape Contemporary art. 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a 156-page, fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Frank Mitchell, Berrisford Boothe, Claudia Highbaugh, and Kristin Hass—to be released in October 2019.


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Images: Carl Joe Williams, Waiting, 2016. Mixed media on mattress. Petrucci Family Foundation; Bob Thompson, Garden of Music, 1960. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; Romare Bearden, The Lamp, 1984. Lithograph. The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.