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Unrecorded: Reimagining Artist Identities in Africa

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Name: Unrecorded: Reimagining Artist Identities in Africa
Date: June 14, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Untitled (Dollhouse), 2002, wood, fabric, paper, plastic, metal, resin, offset lithograph.
Event Description:

Historical collecting practices have had a lasting impact on representations of Africa, its history, culture, and life today. Labeled as ‘unknown’ or ‘anonymous,’ African artists became associated with broad cultural styles and collective identities rather than personal creativity and individual agency. The exhibition Unrecorded: Reimagining Artist Identities in Africa includes artworks from both named and unrecorded, contemporary and historic artists to tell an alternative story. It explores how the changing attributes of an ‘African’ artist’s identity, and constructions of African identity more broadly, have shaped perceptions of Africa outside of the continent.

Lead support for Unrecorded: Reimagining Artist Identities in Africa is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and the African Studies Center. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and Susan Ullrich.


University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor 48109

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May 12–September 9, 2018
Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 12–5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
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