Opening in 2017, the museum is transforming its largest gallery into a showcase permanently dedicated to works of art from its world-class collection. This new exhibition promises to be a thoughtful and beautiful experience featuring masterworks from ancient to contemporary times. Watch this space for more information and details soon.
Invocation: The Severance of Ties
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is the first institution to acquire versatile multimedia artist Jim Chuchu’s deeply personal and visually mesmerizing suite of video projections, Invocation: The Severance of Ties (2015) and Invocation: Release (2015). As the two distinct videos loop one in succession to the other, Invocation: The Severance of Ties and Invocation: Release follow the structure of initiation rituals. Surrounded by Chuchu’s pulsing house beats and evocative imagery, viewers are invited to contemplate the separations and releases that shape our individual and collective identities. Politically charged, visually seductive, and technically sophisticated, these works of art are a legacy of our changing times and a tribute to the vision of one multifaceted artist.
To see more of the artist’s work, visit www.jimchuchu.com/.
The exhibition is generously supported by Reggie Van Lee.