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African art, when exhibited in the museum setting, often appears frozen in an alien frame. The music, movement, and debate that once surrounded the mask, sculpture, ring, or stool are noticeably missing. Also absent is the immediate context for these objects, the traditional cultures in which they functioned. This innovative exhibition takes an "insider's" approach to African art. Reframing the objects, African Art, African Voices proposes looking at what was once done with them while also listening carefully to what was once said in their presence.
Drawn primarily from the excellent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the exhibition is organized into thematic categories described by representatives from various African cultures and backgrounds. Personal narrative, interactive media, and contextual information breathe life into the many diverse and beautiful art objects on display.
The show includes approximately 130 objects, including sculpture, masks, textiles, jewelry, photographs, film, and contemporary art. The exhibition is supplemented by video projections, computer interviews, and an audio tour.
It was also supported by generous grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and by the Robert Montgomery Scott Endowment for Exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Additional funding was provided by The Neubauer Family Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts/Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Promotional and media support was provided by The Philadelphia Tribune and NBC 10 WCAU. The audio tour is made available to visitors without charge through the generosity of Target Corporation.