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MAD’s “Global Africa Project” Exhibition

MAD Global Africa Project Exhibition and Artists:  A hand-painted earthenware plate by Ardmore Ceramic Art.

Photo: Tragedy in Africa Condomise by Ardmore Ceramic Art,<br>Collection of Barbara Karp Shuster. Photo: Ed Watkins

What do Nigerian-British fashion designer Duro Olowu and New York–based contemporary painter Kehinde Wiley have in common? Their works, along with pieces by South African collective Ardmore Ceramic Art and more than 100 other African artists, make up the new “Global Africa Project” exhibition, on view at New York’s Museum of Arts & Design (MAD). “The show aims to present the fluidity of the continent’s art, and the global nature of being African in today’s world,” says cocurator Lowery Sims. In conjunction with the exhibition, Sims will accompany a group of up to 30 on a 10-day art tour of South Africa in February, including visits to the Design Indaba Expo, in Cape Town, and dinner with painter William Kentridge in Johannesburg—not to mention a stay at Cape Town’s newly refurbished Cape Grace. Exhibition through May 15; tour from $9,500 per MAD Curator’s Circle member (membership fee from $1,000).

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