Thursday, August 27, 2015
Private Members Reception · 5–6 pm
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Public Opening Reception · 6–7 pm
Exhibitions will remain open to visitors until 9 pm
African Gallery · On continuous view
Exhibition curated by Allyson Purpura
In October 2012, Krannert Art Museum opened Encounters: The Arts of Africa, a renovated gallery dedicated to KAM's African Art collection.
The completely redesigned space invites visitors to see exhibited objects not only as visually compelling works of art in their own right, but also as objects of encounter that can “tell” stories about the broader social contexts and often fraught global histories through which they have journeyed.
The gallery is organized thematically and many displays include touch screens that contain video clips of artist interviews, masquerades, and descriptive vignettes. These bring the “telling” of African stories into the museum experience and draw out resonances among the objects on view.
In May 2014, the Association of Art Museum Curators announced its 2013 Awards for Excellence, awarding Encounters: The Arts of Africa co-first prize for a museum of its size.
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in Bandjoun, Cameroon, 1985. Photo by Claude Pavard