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Out of Bounds: Women Artists from Africa

Colors of Africa
Contemporary Art from the Continent

Oshogbo: Departure from Tradition
Contemporary Textiles from Nigeria

Creative Recycling From Africa

Traditional African Textiles
From the Robbins Center For Cross Cultural Communication

Websites of Museums with African Art collections

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
The web site displays a small selection of the museum's collection of works from West Africa and the Equatorial Central region of Africa.

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco -- de Young Museum
The de Young's African art collection features work from many areas of sub-Saharan Africa. As of this writing it has 1,400 works, of which 100 are digitized. You can also search through it's image database of 82,000 works.

National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian
Explore the museum's collections as well as its past exhibitions of "tradition-based" as well as contemporary arts. The site produces special web presentations for most of its exhibitions, and an archive of these is available online. In the collection area of the site you are able to search over 1400 works in its database.

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
The Fowler Museum web site has a listing of all their past exhibits. An online archive allows for the searching of 765 items from around the world (as of this writing).

Hampton University Museum
"The Art of Africa: Power, Beauty, Community" is one of the museum's permanent exhibitions, with over 200 artifacts from across sub-Saharan Africa -- you can find a sampling on their web site.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The museum has a permanent African art exhibit (see "in the galleries"). An online exhibit "Daily Life in Sierra Leone: The Sherbro in 1936-37" draws on the museum's archival photographs.

Museum for African Art
The Museum for African Art in New York City has both permanent and changing exhibitions of historical as well as contemporary African art. The website offers a special masks exhibit with activities for kids and curricula lessons for teachers.

Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium
The Museum' permanent exhibits include its remarkable collection of ethnographic objects from Central Africa. The temporary exhibitions aim to be a podium for contemporary African art and science.

The Sukuma Museum
"The Sukuma Museum is a community based organization that promotes and celebrates the traditional and contemporary arts of the Sukuma culture." The museum is in Kisesa, Tanzania. The web site richly describes the Sukuma history, culture, royal traditions and traditional arts with beautiful high-resolution photos.

Online exhibitions

African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning
Web catalog for an exhibition held at the Baily Art Museum, University of Virginia in 1993. This site was an early demonstartion of the use of the web for publishing exhibition catalogs.

An Eternity of Forest: Paintings by Mbuti Women
Courtesy of the UC Berkeley Art Museum, the exhibition website includes an essay, 6 slideshows of sample barkcloths, an explanation of the process of making Mbuti barkcloths, and a worksheet recommended for grades 7-12.

Akan Cultural Symbols Project
"This project is designed as an educational resource to show the relationships between Akan visual arts and Akan verbal genres." The web site has sections covering various arts of Ghana: architecture, metal casting, textiles, wood carving and pottery. The site's authors have also produced a book Cloth as Metaphor which can be ordered from the site.

Africa: The Art of a Continent
This web site is a companion to an exhibition held at the Guggenheim Museum in 1996. "While the primary emphasis in the selection has been aesthetic, the installation presents the works of art in a geographical and historical context and offers descriptions of their cultural uses and symbolic meanings insofar as these are known to scholars."

Yoruba and Akan Art in Wood and Metal
This is an on-line catalog of an exhibit presented in 1994 at the Lakeview Museum in Illinois. One of the earliest web exhibits, it's still online. Essays on Yoruba art in wood and metal, and on Akan goldweights.

African Voices
An exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. African Voices "examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa’s peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment". This companion web site is a very rich multimedia presentation. In the area of arts you will find Paa Joe, a Ghanaian coffin maker, Lamidi Fakeye, a Yoruba scupltor, Kenyan carver Ali Helewa, Malian sculptor Siriman Fane, Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali among others. Of special note is the Discovering Mudcloth section.

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