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The Language of Beauty in African Art

Another exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. We went on the 31st of December. It was nice to end the year doing something I like.

250 sculptures from dozens of distinct cultures across the African continent. The exhibition focuses on the perspective of the communities and artists who created the works, instead of the westernized vision that ignored how it was locally valued and appreciated.

I didn’t know (still don’t) much about African art, so I watched these two talks before going to the museum.

One talk about the exhibition, from Constantine Petridis, chair and curator of Arts of Africa:

And another from Babatunde Lawal, professor of African, African American, and African Diaspora Art, about the concept of beauty among The Yòrùba.

I loved the exhibition. I took some pictures but not being a good photographer, you’d better go see it, if you can.

And one more with Inés outside of the Art Institute.

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Y ahora en español:

Otra exposición en el Instituto del Arte de Chicago.. Fuimos el 31 de Diciembre y me gustó acabar el año con una de mis actividades favoritas.

La exposición tiene 250 esculturas de diferentes culturas del continente africano. El objetivo es mostrar las obras desde la perspectiva de los artesanos y las comunidades que las crearon, en vez de la visión occidentalizada que ignoraba los baremos con los que los locales las valoraban y las apreciaban.

Cómo soy una ignorante del arte africano, vi un par de charlas sobre ello antes de ir al museo.

Una charla de Constantine Petridis, el conservador y director del arte africano y otra de Babatunde Lawal, doctor en arte africano y afro-americano, sobre el concepto de la belleza entre los Yòrùba. (videos arriba)

Me encantó la exposición. Hice algunas fotos (arriba) pero no soy buena fotógrafa, lo mejor es ir si puedes.

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One reply on “The Language of Beauty in African Art”

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