Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art

June 23, 2010 – November 28, 2010

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 2 Floor Plan

By tracing the story of the beautiful coiled basket on two continents, Grass Roots demonstrates the enduring contribution of African peoples and cultures to American life in southeastern United States. On view are approximately 200 objects, including baskets made in Africa and the American South, African sculptures, paintings from the Charleston Renaissance, and historic photos and videos. The exhibition also reveals how a simple farm tool, once used for processing rice, has become an important tool for making coiled baskets in the South.

Exhibition Catalogue

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