Museum News

All-New African Gallery Opening

Curator of Arts of Africa and Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D., introducing our speaker, Babatunde Lawal, Ph.D. Babatunde Lawal, Ph.D., presenting his lecture, "Mediating and Enabling the Soul: Tradition and Change in Yoruba Art." Opening reception Opening reception Live music during opening reception Exploring the new African Gallery Exploring the new African Gallery Exploring the new African Gallery Touring the African and African Ceramics Galleries Exploring the new African Gallery
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Babatunde Lawal, Ph.D., presenting his lecture, "Mediating and Enabling the Soul: Tradition and Change in Yoruba Art."

On April 25, we welcomed nearly 400 guests to the debut of our newly renovated African gallery.  The evening opened with guest speaker and renowned African art scholar, Babatunde Lawal, who delivered an insightful talk on the art of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Guests were then admitted to the gallery, a vibrant new space filled with African ceramics, ceremonial clothing, jewelry, and sculpture presented geographically. Afterwards, a reception included appetizers inspired by African cuisine, and lively entertainment by African drummers and DJ Drew, who played selections of Afro Beat music. The African gallery is now open to the public during regular Museum hours.