The African art collection consists of approximately 1,000 objects—older works and new ones by contemporary artists. Focused on the diverse artistic traditions of Africa, it includes rare and exquisite works in sculpture, textiles, jewelry, painting, printmaking, and drawings. Although the strength of the collection is west African art, with emphasis on Yoruba works, there are important masterpieces from all regions and mediums of expression including wood, metals, fibers, terra cotta, and mixed media compositions.
NOW ON VIEW: See artworks from the African art collection in the cross-departmental exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art.
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This collection tells the stories of Africa from many perspectives, and represents the diversity of creativity in a continent containing thousands of art-producing societies.
The collection also balances works by women artists—including the Akire shrine painters—with those made by men. Through the works of women artists, the collection explores questions of gender, rituals, and the importance of group creativity in African art. Older works in the collection are juxtaposed with new works by contemporary African artists to highlight cultural continuities, international influences, and variety of themes.
See how animals have captivated artists throughout history in the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art. This cross-departmental exhibition brings together more than 300 objects from the Denver Art Museum’s collection to explore the presence of animals in art throughout centuries and across cultures. More
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African Renaissance: Old Forms, New Images in Yoruba Art. Moyo Okediji. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2002.
- Nancy Blomberg, Chief Curator and Curator of Native Arts
- John Lukavic, Curator of Native Arts
- Denene De Quintal, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow
- Julia Strunk, Curatorial Assistant
- Heather Nielsen, Associate Director of Learning and Engagement
- Edgar C. McMechan, Curator
- Frederic H. Douglas, Curator
- Kate Peck Kent, Assistant Curator
- Royal B. Hassrick, Curator
- Norman Feder, Curator
- Richard Conn, Curator
- David Irving, Assistant Curator
- Ryntha Johnson, Assistant Curator
- Moyo Okediji , Assistant Curator
- Roger Echo-Hawk, Assistant Curator
- Polly Nordstrand, Associate Curator