5 episodes

Exhibition dates: September 30, 2008–April 5, 2009
Dazzling textile traditions have constituted an important form of aesthetic expression throughout Africa’s history and cultural landscape. Textiles have long been a focal point of the vast continental trading networks that carried material culture and technological innovations across regional centers and linked Africa to the outside world. Leading contemporary artists reflecting on Africa’s distinctive cultural heritage and its relationship to the world at large have drawn upon the imagery of textiles in sculpture, painting, photography, installation art, video, and other media. This exhibition illustrates the stunningly diverse classical textile genres created by artists in West Africa through some of their earliest documented and finest works.
Above: (Detail) Between Earth and Heaven, 2006; El Anatsui (Ghanaian, b. 1944); Purchase, Fred M. and Rita Richman, Noah-Sadie K. Wachtel Foundation Inc., David and Holly Ross, Doreen and Gilbert Bassin Family Foundation and William B. Goldstein Gifts, 2007 (2007.96)

The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End - Video Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Exhibition dates: September 30, 2008–April 5, 2009
Dazzling textile traditions have constituted an important form of aesthetic expression throughout Africa’s history and cultural landscape. Textiles have long been a focal point of the vast continental trading networks that carried material culture and technological innovations across regional centers and linked Africa to the outside world. Leading contemporary artists reflecting on Africa’s distinctive cultural heritage and its relationship to the world at large have drawn upon the imagery of textiles in sculpture, painting, photography, installation art, video, and other media. This exhibition illustrates the stunningly diverse classical textile genres created by artists in West Africa through some of their earliest documented and finest works.
Above: (Detail) Between Earth and Heaven, 2006; El Anatsui (Ghanaian, b. 1944); Purchase, Fred M. and Rita Richman, Noah-Sadie K. Wachtel Foundation Inc., David and Holly Ross, Doreen and Gilbert Bassin Family Foundation and William B. Goldstein Gifts, 2007 (2007.96)

    • video
    The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End

    The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End

    African art, textiles, contemporary art, artist interview, panel discussion

    • 1 hr 25 min
    • video
    Between Earth and Heaven

    Between Earth and Heaven

    African art, textiles, metal, Ghana

    • 6 min
    • video
    The Visual Language of African Textiles: Design Without End

    The Visual Language of African Textiles: Design Without End

    African art, textiles, cloth, barack, obama

    • 51 min
    • video
    Weaving West African Cloth: Tradition and Technique

    Weaving West African Cloth: Tradition and Technique

    African Art, textile, cloth, technique, west africa, conservation

    • 46 min
    • video
    Seeing and Naming African Textile Patterns

    Seeing and Naming African Textile Patterns

    African art, textiles, cloth, pattern, design

    • 49 min

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