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September 12, 1999 - January 2, 2000
Museum: Arts and Industries Building
Location: South Gallery
Nearly 200 textile art works illustrate the rich diversity of traditional kente cloth, its historical role in African societies, and its growing popularity in the United States. A special section on "Kente in Washington, D.C.," explores the many ways African Americans and others have incorporated kente in the home, in worship, in performance, and in celebrations, and includes such items as robes worn by the a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock and suits worn by former mayor Marion Barry. Another aspect of this exhibition, with the same name, is on view at the National Museum of African Art.
Organized by the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History and the Newark Museum.
Catalogue: $80 (cloth), $45 (paper)
Note: This exhibition is jointly hosted by the National Museum of African Art and the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture.