Woven Arts of Africa
Woven Arts of Africa is the first exhibit of AMUM’s collection of the continent’s traditional wearable arts and basketry since the African collection’s origin in 2008 with Martha and Robert Fogelman’s gift of 197 works that included a magnificent, beaded tunic and neckpieces. A few years later, a donation by Memphian Emily Sharp added kente and adire textiles and clothing, and shortly thereafter an anonymous financial gift provided resources for AMUM to increase the African collection, part of which has been used to expand the textile holdings. This year, AMUM received another splendid gift of baskets and related craft objects from Diane Blane of Knoxville. This exhibition not only celebrates these wonderful works but the launch of AMUM’s expanded focus on African arts.