Wish You Were Here | African Art and Restitution

LOCATION
University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
DATE
Aug 21, 2021 - Jul 03, 2022

Tue.-Wed. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thu.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.

2021-08-21 00:00:002022-07-03 00:00:00America/DetroitWish You Were Here | African Art and RestitutionThis exhibition proactively engages with debates about restitution and the ethics of museums’ owning African heirlooms collected during the era of colonization. The investigation and research into 11 works of African art will be conducted publicly — visitors will have access to documents, photographs, and correspondence that will help UMMA develop a better understanding of each object’s history, grappling in real time with questions surrounding legal and ethical ownership of these artworks. Though complex, this project presents exciting opportunities for museum transparency and creating new pathways for relationship-building with partners in Africa and its diaspora. Museum visitors can begin to explore this investigation online and in-person in Fall 2021. Plan your visit: https://umma.umich.edu/plan-your-visitUniversity of Michigan Museum of Artumma-press@umich.edu
ADMISSION
Free
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This exhibition proactively engages with debates about restitution and the ethics of museums’ owning African heirlooms collected during the era of colonization. The investigation and research into 11 works of African art will be conducted publicly — visitors will have access to documents, photographs, and correspondence that will help UMMA develop a better understanding of each object’s history, grappling in real time with questions surrounding legal and ethical ownership of these artworks. Though complex, this project presents exciting opportunities for museum transparency and creating new pathways for relationship-building with partners in Africa and its diaspora. Museum visitors can begin to explore this investigation online and in-person in Fall 2021.

Plan your visit: https://umma.umich.edu/plan-your-visit

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