Exhibitions > For Hearth and Altar: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection
For Hearth and Altar: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection
December 3, 2007–February 20, 2008
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.