Public Tour: African Modernism in America

August 5, 2023
2 pm

Student educators lead interactive tours of this season’s exhibition African Modernism in America. Drawing primarily from Fisk University’s remarkable collection of gifts from the Harmon Foundation, the exhibition examines connections between modern African artists and patrons, artists, and cultural organizations in the United States, amid the interlocking histories of civil rights, decolonization, and the Cold War. The exhibition 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.

Please arrive at least fifteen minutes before the start of the tour. Our tours can accommodate groups of twenty, but we encourage you to check in at the Welcome Desk to secure your place.


This program is funded in part by a grant from the Women’s Society of Washington University and Women and the Kemper.

Image credit

Pilipili Mulongoy (1914–2007, Democratic Republic of the Congo), detail of Snake Amid Flowers, c. 1960. Acrylic on Masonite board, 23 1/4 x 19 3/4 in. Fisk University Galleries, Nashville, Gift of the Harmon Foundation. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.