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CANCELED | Gallery Talk: African Aesthetics from an African Perspective



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  • Free with museum admission

In the interest of the health and safety of our visitors, guest speakers, performers, and staff, we are canceling all on-site programs through May 31. We hope to reschedule this program and will let all current registrants know of the new date as soon as it’s set. 

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While collectors and museums in the West have often judged African objects on the basis of Euro-American criteria of beauty, African cultures south of the Sahara judge their arts by their own standards. The beauty of a mask or a figure is often related to its religious function and dependent on how it appeals to the residents of the supernatural realm. Join curator Constantine Petridis to explore objects that were created to honor and entice the gods and the ancestors among the Yoruba, the Dogon, and the Luluwa, and to lure and appease the spirits of the forests and the waters among the Baule, the Kuba, and the Ijo.


Please note that the artwork on this page may not be featured during the gallery talk.

Persons with disabilities who would like to request an accessibility accommodation for an Art Institute program are encouraged to send an email to two weeks in advance of the program. 


Support for public programs is provided in part by the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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