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GI-50498-12

Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts (Minneapolis, MN 55404-3506)
Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers (Project Director: January 2012 to present)

Material Journeys: African Art in Motion

Implementation of a reinstallation of the museum's collection of African art, new interactive interpretive components, and public programs focusing on the social context of the art and the ways in which it reveals the exchange of ideas with other cultures.

The project will reinstall the museum's three galleries of African art, mounting a permanent exhibition, "Material Journeys: African Art in Motion"; install interpretive interactive components; and host public programs, including a scholarly symposium. The subject of the project is the cross-cultural transactions and dynamic aesthetics of artists across Africa since the ancient Egypt period. Drawing on current art historical and anthropological scholarship, which provides deeper information about the objects, and post-colonial interpretive strategies, which reveal and deconstruct the racial biases inherent in Western perceptions of African art in previous eras, the project aims to dispel notions of stasis, isolation, and primitivism adhering to the objects. The exhibition design will support the theme of African art as a kinetic entity, often linked to performance, that has evolved from wide circulation of ideas as artists, objects, and materials traversed continental boundaries.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$352,000 (approved)
$352,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 2/28/2015