Wakati: Time Shapes African Art

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Bali (Africa, Bali), Elephant Mask, 20th century, Wood, 36 inches by 12 1/2 inches, Gift of Larry W. and Mattie R. Harms, 2011.001.042
Bali (Africa, Bali), Elephant Mask, 20th century, Wood, 36 inches by 12 1/2 inches, Gift of Larry W. and Mattie R. Harms, 2011.001.042

Sept. 21 – Jan. 16

Focusing on the relationship between time and space in African art, Wakati has found artworks that explore the question: how does time shape African art? Featuring many mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, installations and more, the artists included within the exhibition found inspiration from a range of times and areas in Africa. “This exhibition eliminates the artificial wall often erected between “traditional” and contemporary” art in Africa by highlighting the seamless transition of time as a natural flow uniting images from ancient to current practices,” OSU Museum of Art says. On Monday, Sept. 21, visitors can enjoy a lecture by visiting artist Olaniyi R. Akindiya, who will also give a performance on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Wednesday, Oct. 7 will welcome an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring a gallery talk with Curator Moyo Okediji at 5:30 p.m. followed by a special performance by visiting artist Denenge Akpem. All related programs are free, and the exhibit will be on display through Jan. 16, 2106. For more information, visit http://museum.okstate.edu.

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