Beyond Borders: Global Africa
The University of Michigan Museum of Art
Jul. 11, 2019 - Nov. 25, 2018
In March 2009, after a three year restoration and expansion, UMMA opened its doors to a space that doubled in size and concept. The newly designed space pushes the traditional definition of an art museum to a ‘new town square for the 21st century.’ It offers several options for community organization with meeting places, new programs in the visual, performing, literary arts, store, and countless opportunities to view the school’s gallery collection. Originally the inception of generous benefactors, the galleries now offer 150 years of art collecting with over 21,000 works that span diverse cultures, eras and media.
The upcoming installation ‘Beyond Borders: Global Africa’ reflects upon Africa and its artists who have been at the center of complex historical events. This show brings together an array of works made in Africa, Europe, and the United States from the nineteenth to twenty-first century, with an international scope and reach of art from Africa with highlights that include paintings, photographs, sculpture, and installations by Kudzanai Chiurai, Omar Victor Diop, Wangechi Mutu, and Serge Alain Nitegeka. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication, the tenth in the UMMA Books series.