“African Cosmos” comes to the Newark Museum. An exhibit produced by the Smithsonion Institution, it explores thousands of years of cultural astronomy.
The Newark Museum’s permanent collection of African art — over 5000 works from throughout the continent — is one of the oldest and most comprehensive in the United States. It held its first exhibit of African art in 1926, preceded only by the Brooklyn Art Museum in 1923.
Curator of African Art Christa Clark tells State of the Arts the story behind “African Cosmos”, which features ancient and contemporary art side by side, illustrating a bond that bridges across millennia: our relationship to the Sun, the Moon, comets, stars – the contemplated universe.
Produced by Christopher Benincasa for State of the Arts, 2013.