Currents: Water in African Art

July 15, 2016 – Indefintely

Untitled, Simon George Mpata 1942–1984, Tanzania 

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

Sublevel 3 Floor Plan

Diverse and wide-ranging in material, time period, style, and intended use, the objects in Currents span the continent of Africa to explore the importance of water for both practical and artistic purposes. Objects on view include Akan fish-shaped weights for measuring gold dust, figures and masks associated with water spirits, paintings and textile arts, and videos by contemporary artists William Kentridge and Georgia Papageorge.