NEWARK – African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts, will debut at the Newark Museum Feb. 27, 2013.
Featuring more than 70 outstanding works of art from throughout the African continent, African Cosmos: Stellar Arts considers how the sun, moon, stars and celestial phenomena such as lightning and rainbows have served as sources of inspiration in the creation of African arts from the earliest of days.
African Cosmos, which will be on view until Aug. 11, 2013, comes to the Newark Museum following a highly-acclaimed six-month run at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. The exhibition was organized by Christine Mullen Kreamer, deputy director and chief curator of the Washington, D.C. institution.
A fully-illustrated catalog accompanying the exhibition will be available in the Museum Store. Written by Kreamer, the volume also includes essays by noted scholars and artists.
Major sponsorship for African Cosmos: Stellar Arts is provided by the Republic of South Africa and South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology. Additional support has been provided by Networks; Stuart Bohart and Family; Brand South Africa; Credit Suisse; South African Airways; South African Airways Cargo and the Embassy of South Africa, Washington, D.C.
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