African Art at the Allen

Amid a crowd of nearly 200 at Allen Memorial Art Museum, Matthew Rarey, assistant professor of the arts of Africa and the black Atlantic, welcomes visitors to a new installation of African art. Students in his seminar, African Art in Museums: From Collection to Display, curated the installation. The 25 objects on display include a selection made by Yorùbá artists and various other pieces.

“The primary goal was to build an exhibition that accurately communicates the diversity of African art. My number one priority was not to portray Africa as a monolith,” says Rarey. “African societies are just as dynamic and varied as those in the rest of the world.”

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Photograph by Yevhen Gulenko