With the concept of 1 continent, 5 exhibitions, 1 season, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Creative Africa, showcasing African art and design from contemporary photography, fashion, and architecture to centuries-old sculpture. Recently, the famous French luxury fashion designer, Christian Louboutin’s just launched the collaboration charity project “FROM DAKAR TO PARIS: THE JOURNEY OF AFRICABA” bringing the traditional Senegalese craftsmanshipto create the Christian Louboutin’s first handbag collaboration. The unique culture, belief and , make the continent are one of most interesting creative destination.
Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art, a major exhibition drawn from the Penn Museum’s distinguished African collection (From May 14–December 4, 2016 at Special Exhibitions Gallery)
This exhibition showcases works created in West and Central Africa from the 1500s to the early 1900s. Carved ivories and bronzes from the kingdom of Benin, Akan gold weights, Kongo power figures, Kuba textiles and vessels, Kota reliquary figures, and much more , which draws from the Penn Museum’s esteemed African collections, are awaiting for you to explore.
Three Photographers/Six Cities (Now – September 25, 2016 at Julien Levy Gallery)
This exhibition offers an in-depth look at three photographers who create powerful pictures of African cities: Cairo, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Bamako, and Tombouctou. From Akinbode Akinbiyi’s observation of urban centers and Seydou Camara’s examination of Islamic manuscripts to Ananias Léki Dago’s pictures of offbeat locales, the images in this exhibition offer unique perspectives on contemporary African experience. Johannesburg is a relatively young city, founded in 1886. As Black South Africans were banned from living there during apartheid (1948–1994), many resided in separate townships such as Soweto and Alexandra, which were incorporated into the city after apartheid ended. In these districts Léki photographed shebeens, the once-illicit drink spots and social clubs that were, and remain, important gathering places.
Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage (From now- January 22, 2017 )
Discover the surprising story behind the colorful fabrics long associated with African fashion. Explore how the Dutch company Vlisco became one of the most influential textile brands in West and Central African fashion and a design inspiration around the world. Known for its bold and colorful patterns, Vlisco creates fabrics that marry tradition with luxury. This exhibition highlights the company’s classic and new designs, follows the creation of a textile, and showcases a selection of contemporary fashions by African and European makers as well as Vlisco’s in-house design team.
The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community (From May 14, 2016 – September 25, 2016 at Collab Gallery and the Skylit Atrium)
Explore architect Francis Kéré’s innovative designs in this site-specific installation. This exhibition sheds light on Francis Kéré’s inventive approach to building. Born in Burkina Faso and based in Berlin, Kéré integrates traditional knowledge and craft skills into innovative and sustainable buildings worldwide. In many of his projects, he maximizes local materials and community participation to reduce costs and ecological impact. This exhibition offers a look at some of his award-winning designs within an colorful interactive environment.
Threads of Tradition (Now – January 2017 at Costume and Textiles Study Gallery)
Admire the beauty and richness of traditional African textiles.Threads of Tradition focuses on the time-honored techniques used to create patterns in Central and West African textiles. Among the examples on view are complex strip-woven kente cloths made by the Asante and Ewe of Ghana, an impressive resist-dyed display textile (or ndop) from Cameroon, and raffia skirts that the Kuba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo create using piecing, appliqué, and embroidery.
For more information about Creative Africa please visit the exhibition website