Visit the Newly-Expanded New York Museum for African Art
The New York Museum for African Art is internationally recognized as one of the best sources for exhibitions and publications that celebrate historical and contemporary African art. It’s been touted as having programs as diverse as the continent of Africa itself!
This fabulous museum opened its doors in 1984, changing locations over the years due to space constraints; however, the much expanded and expertly-designed facility is on track to open the fall of 2011. The newly-built museum has been designed by the famous Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, and joins Manhattan’s magnificent “Museum Mile.”
Plan Your Trip
Located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 110th Street in New York City, the New York Museum for African Art occupies about 75,000 square feet. The huge complex stands at the northeast corner of Central Park at the beginning of Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile between 109th and 110th Streets.
If you are traveling from out of town and need lodging for the night, be sure and book your hotel on NewYorkHotels.org online. We recommend to book your hotel room inside Manhattan.
The Museum for African Art exhibitions are often praised and recognized worldwide for offering new perspectives on familiar aspects of African art. In addition, the Museum takes great pride in introducing lesser known artists and subjects of African art.
When this museum opens its new facility, there will some amazing permanent collections. For now, the New York Museum of African Art is featuring several popular traveling exhibitions, including: “A Congo Chronicle: Patrice Lumumba in Urban Art,” “Dessert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection,” “Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria,” “El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa,” “Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art” and “The Beautiful Time: Photography by Sammy Baloji.”
Once the Museum opens its doors again in late 2011, plan on visiting on a regular basis because there will be so much to explore and enjoy. Upcoming exhibitions include: “Dogon Now: Masks in Motion,” “Ibrahim El Salahi: A Visionary Modernist” and “Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope).”
The Museum is dedicated to creating public awareness and appreciation of African culture and art. It’s no wonder the Museum is touted as the pre-eminent organizer of exhibitions and publisher of books solely devoted to African art. This is one you don’t want to miss!