Dr. Augustus Casely-Hayford, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, draws on the rich material heritage on display in the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time to reveal how art has carved out history and empires.
Ivory and Gold: Islamic Spain and the Trans-Saharan Trade
Examining some of the masterworks from the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Aga Khan Museum Curator Dr. Michael Chagnon discusses the interconnected world of the medieval era and the powerful role of western Africa within it.
CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART PRACTICES IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 7 pm
Price: $20, $18 Friends, $12 students and seniors
Migration, identity, cultural connections: globalization raises questions about all these issues, and contemporary art is a powerful way of exploring them. In this talk complementing the Museum exhibitions Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time and Building Black: Civilizations, artists and curators explore the impact of Africa’s diverse cultures and diaspora on contemporary art.
Visual artist Ekow Nimako, creator of Building Black: Civilizations, is joined by AGO Associate Curator, Photography, Dr. Julie Crooks and artist/curator Chiedza Pasipanodya for a timely discussion that will celebrate Black History Month while also examining Toronto’s role as an international hub for creative art practices.
Aga Khan Museum celebrates the creativity and artistic contributions of newcomers with season focused on stories of immigration
Season of Immigration will feature 51 visual artists, 15 performances, and 10 speakers, representing more than 50 countries around the world.
Toronto, Canada, 4 March 2020 — The Aga Khan Museum ventures beyond the headlines about surging global migration with a new season celebrating the artistic contributions of immigrants and refugees.
The Museum’s Season of Immigration features three exhibitions that showcase the creativity of migrants and the artistic contributions they are making around the world. Accompanied by a global lineup of performing artists and thought leaders, these cutting-edge shows shine a spotlight on extraordinary individuals who use art and culture to overcome adversity, build lives, and enrich their communities in the face of mass displacement, climate change, and economic upheaval.
“In our era of unprecedented global migration, we at the Aga Khan Museum believe we have a duty to challenge narratives that cast immigrants and refugees as a threat to the integrity our communities,” says Henry S. Kim, the Museum’s Director and CEO. “As residents of Canada, we benefit enormously from welcoming newcomers and the perspectives they bring. By seizing opportunity in defiance of adversity, they embody the best of the human spirit.”
The Museum’s Winter/Spring 2020 season features 51 visual artists, 15 performances, and 10 speakers, representing more than 50 countries worldwide. Many are immigrants or refugees themselves, while others are descendants of recent immigrants. “We are proud to amplify the voices of artists and thinkers with deeply personal connections to migration,” says Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, the Museum’s Director of Collections and Public Programs. “Their stories, and the artistic practices they inspire, have much to tell us about how immigration can enhance and enrich society.”
Bringing forward human stories of immigration and migration is part of the Museum’s ongoing efforts to promote understanding between communities and cultures. “We invite visitors to embrace the power of art to build bridges between people of disparate backgrounds and belief systems,” says Kim. “Art, in its most potent forms, instills a heightened understanding of our shared humanity, fosters personal connections, and pierces through the constructed barriers of race, nationality, and ideology.”
Highlights of the Museum's Winter/Spring 2020 programme include:
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The concert was originally to be hosted at the Museum, co-produced with the Kabir Center for Arts & Culture and sponsored by the Gulshan and Pyarali G. Nanji Family Foundation, with support from the Ontario Arts Council.
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