African Cosmos: Stellar Arts showcases Smithsonian items at Emory’s Carlos Museum

Ancient Nubian and Egyptian artifacts and modern paintings are on display through June
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Female figure, Dogon peoples, Mali, 19th to early 20th century
Female figure, Dogon peoples, Mali, 19th to early 20th century

Photograph by Franko Khoury, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

Ancient African astronomical traditions converge with contemporary art inspired by celestial visions in African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. The exhibit, which showcases more than 70 items from the Smithsonian collections, will be at Emory’s Carlos Museum through June. It includes ancient Nubian and Egyptian astronomical artifacts, cultural objects (such as a Yoruba carving of a thunder god), and modern paintings incorporating cosmological motifs.

On the calendar: African Cosmos: Stellar Arts runs Jan. 30 – June 21.

This article originally appeared in our January 2015 issue.

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