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David Adjaye Selects

September 25, 2015–January 3, 2016
Gallery 137

This focused exhibition in the gallery for African art complements Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye on the first and second floors of the Modern Wing (Galleries 182–184, 283–285). 

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.