African Innovations – Brooklyn Museum’s Reinstallation
According to the New York Times, the African Innovations a new display by the Brooklyn Museum is a spectacular collection, an institutional treasure which the Museum has effectively displayed and shows a decent advantage of its world-renowned holdings. The art collection which includes roughly 200 works are arranged in chronological order inviting visitors to examine Africa’s long record of artistic excellence, extending from ancient times through to the present day.
The collection has been organized with a particular focus on the aesthetic, social, political, and cosmological problems addressed by African artists through their work. According to the Museum Curator, Kevin Dumouchelle, this theme is in keeping with seeing “African art as part of a long history of progression, change and adaptation and in an intellectual context as “art created to solve problems”. A good example of this is the wonderful Benin Horn-blower.
Art from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries comprises the bulk of the collection and are along the five themes of protection, transitions, authority, masquerade, and personal beauty. These dynamic and diverse range of objects include wood sculpture, metal casting, terracotta, textiles and beadwork. African art has a long history of adaptation to and exchange with cultures near and far.
The installation stretches over some 2,500 years, from masterworks of ancient Nubia and Nok to contemporary pieces from the twenty-first century artists like Nigerian born, Yinka Shonibare. Contemporary art and entertainment artists draw on global perspectives to continue the ongoing history of African innovation.
New York Times