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.
Babatunde Lawal, Ph.D., presenting his lecture, "Mediating and Enabling the Soul: Tradition and Change in Yoruba Art."