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For Hearth and Altar: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection

December 3, 2007–February 20, 2008
Regenstein Hall

Across the continent of Africa unique and often surprising ceramic vessels have been created for domestic and ritual uses. Potters still practice centuries-old techniques, making wares by hand and firing them in the open to produce vessels of amazing durability. The most striking examples embody an immediacy of form and a deceptive simplicity that can only be achieved through a deeply ingrained understanding of material, process, and embellishment. This exhibition and its accompanying catalogue will showcase a virtuoso group of African ceramics from the Keith Achepohl collection. Approximately half of the 125 works on view are promised gifts to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Catalogue

A beautifully illustrated, 204-page catalogue accompanies the exhibition. 
Exhibition catalogue: For Hearth and Altar: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection

Organizer

This exhibition is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago.

Curator

Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Department of African and Amerindian Art

Sponsor

This exhibition is generously funded by the Clarence Spanjer Endowment.

Storage Container, early/mid-20th century. Nuna; Burkina Faso. Collection of Keith Achepohl.