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

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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.

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