“Making Africa” Offers a New Look at Modern Africa

“Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” is a wonderfully unique attraction which appeals to viewers on many levels. It is a collection of contemporary art from a very diverse continent along with the works of young designers of almost every type.
Atlanta’s High Museum is the first venue in the United States to exhibit this groundbreaking collection. It was organized by the Vitra Design Muesum and the Guggenheim Bilbao [Spain] Museum. It contains the works of 120 African artists and designers to “demonstrate how design fuels economic, social and political transformation.” It was funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.


According to High curator of African Art Carol Thompson, the wide ranging exhibit “presents the vi-sions of a youthful twenty-first century Africa.” It reflects an emerging and widespread optimism with works which “highlight the creativity and inventiveness of the continent’s emerging artists and designers” of the modern independence-era Africa. Much of the exhibit reflects the “unstoppable force” of design “liberated by the digital revolution and internet connectivity.”


The exhibit is in the Wieland Pavilion and runs through January 7th. The High Museum is open Tues-day through Sunday and is located at 1280 Peachtree Street. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.high.org. There is a parking garage available as well as easy access from the Arts Center MARTA Station.


–Dick Funderburke

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