The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale enlivens the downtown entertainment and arts district starting this summer with exhibitions of traditional African art and works by African American women artists.

First, the museum, a major tourist draw in Greater Fort Lauderdale with world-renowned unique collections and world class exhibitions, joins several other major institutions around the U.S, in featuring traditional African art this summer, Selections culled from its permanent collection of over 300 works will be on display July 24-October 23, designed to appeal to visitors as well as scholars.

Lovers of  art and culture will appreciate the overview - mostly from West Africa - that spans the period from the late 19th century to the late 20th Century, encompassing Yoruban beliefs, the incorporation of Christian iconography, and the contemporary influence of the Western art market in design and production.  A significant number of works are identified by individual artists or their workshops, addressing a growing movement in art scholarship to establish the attribution of works in collections that have been identified only as anonymous. One of the most important pieces on display is by Yoruban carver Areogun of Osi-llorin (1880-1954) – a ritual figure of a kneeling woman with a bowl above her head.

 “Some works in this exhibition have been shown before, but not in this context,” said Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator. By coincidence, she said, major exhibitions of African traditional art are also being mounted around the same time at sites including the Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Princeton University Art Museum.

In addition to African Art, the museum’s exhibition Belief + Doubt: Selections from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection, which has a strong focus on contemporary African American women artists, will also open this summer. This display will run August 26-January 22, 2017.  

Family reunions and conference meetings can request special group tours of these exhibits at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and visitors enjoy complimentary admission on Free First Thursdays Starry Nights from 4-8pm.