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September 12, 1999 – January 2, 2000
Arts and Industries Building
900 Jefferson Drive, SW
Location: South Hall
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.