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currents

Currents: Water in African Art

Water is in all of us—to live, we need water to drink. Featuring artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition proves that water is one of most potent forces on earth. Its currents flow through myths, metaphors, and rituals. Diverse and wide-ranging in material, time period, style, and intended use, the objects in this exhibition span the continent of Africa to explore the importance of water for both practical and artistic purposes.

senses of time

Senses of Time: Video and Film-based Works of Africa

Opens May 18, 2016

Time may seem easy to measure, but it can be challenging to understand. Six internationally recognized African artists examine how time is experienced—and produced—by the body. Bodies stand, climb, dance, and dissolve in seven works of video and film art. These time-based works by Sammy Baloji, Theo Eshetu, Moataz Nasr, Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare MBE, and Sue Williamson repeat, resist, and reverse the expectation that time must move relentlessly forward.

Senses of Time exhibition trailer
Courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Senses of Time was co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.