VMFA’s collection of African art is one of the most comprehensive in the United States and features figures, masks, textiles, regalia, and ritual objects from more than 100 cultures throughout the continent.
Click on the image for a virtual view of VMFA’s African Galleries. Here you can get an idea of the kinds of objects on display in the museum. When you come to the museum you will be visiting this gallery exploring just a few of these objects.
As you take a look around consider:
Yes! The objects displayed in these galleries are real examples of art made by people from all over the continent of Africa. By caring for and studying these objects in museums like VMFA, we are able to connect with the diverse peoples of Africa, consider how they understand the world around them, and explore how they visually share stories and ideas with one another.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a scholar or an art specialist to take a closer look and begin exploring. All you need is a little bit of time and some curiosity!
Look closely at this object for at least 30 seconds and answer these simple questions:
Share your ideas with others.
Click on the image to find out more about this object.
Take another look at it. What other aspects spark your curiosity? What other ideas do you have?