Creative Africa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Julia and I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s newest installation, Creative Africa.

There are five exhibitions within the Perelman Building of the museum, and each has its own vigor and taste.

Some of my favorite pieces are highlighted below.

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Exhibit: Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art

  • Included pieces from West and Central Africa including pieces made from glass, bronze and ivory. Created 1500-1900’s.  


Exhibit: Three Photographers/Six Cities

  • Photos from Cairo, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Bamako, and Tombouctou
  • I found/saw multiple examples of subliminal messaging and the influence from the West (Coca Cola and Nestle). 
  • Made me think of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s work/stories, which take place in Nigeria.  I felt like I was finally apart of her characters’ home. 
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Photos from Lagos, Nigeria


Exhibit: Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage

  • Explores how the Dutch textile company Vlisco became popular in West and Central African fashion
  • Breathtakingly beautiful; my favorite of the five exhibits


Exhibit: The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Builing for Community

  • Exhibit allows the watching of the design and building of a school in a remote village of Burkina Faso
  • The sense of community is overwhelmingly present throughout the entirety of this exhibit and makes me wonder what “community” looks like in the African American community in the U.S.


Exhibit: Threads of Tradition

  • Beautiful garments worn as signs of wealth
  • Exhibit has a hands on activity that allows you to “design your own”


Creative Africa was wholeheartedly filling. It was rich and rewarding. A must see.