Public Opening: African Modernism in America

March 10, 2023
6:30–8:30 pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of African Modernism in America, the first major traveling exhibition to examine the complex connections between African artists and US patrons, artists, and cultural organizations, amid the interlocking histories of civil rights, decolonization, and the Cold War.

This exhibition draws primarily from Fisk University’s remarkable collection of gifts from the Harmon Foundation, a leading American organization devoted to the support and promotion of African and African American artists and to forging links between transatlantic artists and audiences. It features more than seventy artworks by fifty artists that exemplify the relationships between the new art that emerged in Africa during the 1950s and 1960s and the art and cultural politics of the US.

Free and open to the public. Enjoy a "cash" bar (credit and debit cards only). 

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Friday, March 10, 4:30 pm
Museum member and WashU exhibition preview

Friday, March 10, 5:30 pm
Panel discussion: Collecting and Exhibiting Modern African Art 
Steinberg Auditorium, free and open to the public

Saturday, March 11, 2 pm
Public exhibition tour 
Museum Lobby, free and open to the public

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Elusive Form: Color in Space
Teaching Gallery

Image credit

John Biggers (1924–2001, United States), Kumasi Market, 1962. Oil and acrylic on Masonite board, 34 x 60 in. Collection of William O. Perkins, III. © 2022 John T. Biggers Estate / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Estate Represented by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries and American Federation of Arts.