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African Modernism in America
On view February 10–May 19, 2024
Taft Museum of Art
Cincinnati, Ohio

The Taft Museum of Art is the final stop on the nationwide tour of “African Modernism in America,” co-organized by the American Federation of Arts (AFA) and the Fisk University Galleries. It is the first major traveling exhibition to examine the complex relationships between modern African artists and American patrons, artists, and cultural organizations amid the tumultuous interlocking histories of the civil rights movement in the United States, the decolonization of Africa, and the global Cold War. The exhibition includes nearly 80 dynamic and vivid works of art created in Africa during the 1950s and ‘60s.

[Image: Ibrahim El-Salahi (born 1930, Sudan; lives and works in the United Kingdom), Vision of the Tomb, 1965, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in. Collection of The Africa Center, New York, 2008.2.1.

Photograph by Jerry L. Thompson © Ibrahim El-Salahi, All rights reserved, ARS, NY 2022, Courtesy Vigo Gallery and American Federation of Arts]