Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, architect David Adjaye readily draws from, and is inspired by, the rich formal and material innovations of African art and design. He chose and commented on the works highlighted in this installation, discussing their shapes, textures, materials, and histories, as well as charts their points of intersection with his own creative interests and processes. The selection includes works from South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.
Neck Rest Depicting a Building on Stilts, mid-19th/early 20th century. Yaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Gift of George F. Harding.