Current Exhibitions

Inheritance: Recent Video Art from Africa

February 17 – July 28, 2019

This exhibition features video works by contemporary African artists who are contending with inherited political, social, and environmental realities in their respective countries. The artists—Kudzanai Chiurai (b. 1981, Zimbabwe), Zina Saro-Wiwa (b. 1976, Nigeria), and Mikhael Subotzky (b. 1981, South Africa)—grapple with the ramifications of colonial legacies.

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Guatemalan Masks: Selections from the Jim and Jeanne Pieper Collection

April 7 – October 6, 2019

Traditional Guatemalan dance-dramas come to life in a vivid installation of 80 wood masks depicting animals, folk personae, and historical figures that are deeply rooted in Guatemalan religiosity and popular culture. With some examples dating back a century or more, the masks offer insights into how the dances articulate community identities.

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India’s Subterranean Stepwells: Photographs by Victoria Lautman

May 5 – October 20, 2019

Since the 600 CE, stepwells have served as water-harvesting systems that descend into the earth and enable communities to access the water table or rainwater gathered below. A selection of 48 photographs by journalist Victoria Lautman captures the diversity and sublime beauty of these architectural marvels.

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Dressed with Distinction: Garments from Ottoman Syria

March 17 – August 25, 2019

Dressed with Distinction: Garments from Ottoman Syria explores the region’s textile production during the late-19th and early 20th centuries, when Syria was an international hub for the trade and production of handwoven cloth. With a focus on the social and seasonal contexts in which garments were worn by men, women, and children, the exhibition’s presentation of these distinguished textiles enables audiences to engage with Syrian culture and weaving techniques from a bygone era.

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On long-term view

Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives explores the roles that art plays in creating meaning and defining purpose for people across the globe. Art is not only a reflection of culture but can actively shape thought and experience. The objects on display have all intervened in the lives of those who made or used them—whether to educate, solve problems, assert leadership, assist in remembering, or provision loved ones in the afterlife.

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On permanent display

Comprising 251 objects representing 16th through 19th century Europe, Great Britain and the United States, this exhibition interprets silver in its social contexts. Gleaming vessels from renowned workshops—such as those of British silversmith Paul de Lamerie.

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