The Arts

October 16, 2017

Art exhibition explores influences of African design

ATLANTA — A new exhibition opening in Atlanta encourages visitors to abandon their preconceived notions about Africa and explore the creative efforts of people using design to bring about change on the vast continent.

“Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” opens at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. It defines design broadly and delves into the continent’s diversity and vibrancy through more than 200 works by more than 120 artists from 22 countries.

Immediately upon entering is a

display of Kenyan artist, Cyrus Kabiru’s “C-Stunners,” a collection of wearable eyeglass sculptures crafted from everyday objects — wires, screws, shoe polish tins. The pieces are not corrective eyeglasses in the literal sense but are meant to help “correct” the perception of Africa, High Museum curator of African art, Carol Thompson said