‘Chasing Lights’ and ‘On Two Screens’ at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and the Newark Museum, USA

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

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Newark Museum and Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium

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African Cosmos Stellar Arts:

This first major exhibition of some 90 objects explores how the celestial bodies of the sun, moon, and stars and such celestial phenomena as rainbows and eclipses serve as sources of inspiration in the creation of African art, both traditional and contemporary. Far from abstract, African ideas about the universe are intensely personal and place human beings in relationships with the earth, sky, and celestial bodies. Objects on view include a mummy board, videos, masks, and sculptures.

See video of Chasing Light and exhibition website:


Low-res extracts from the catalogue: African Cosmos CATALOGUE on Neustetter (1.5MB)

ARTnews Arttalk: African Cosmos, ARTnews, February 2013 (1.3MB)