The African continent offers extraordinary cultural richness and diversity manifested in its visual art. It employs a variety of mediums, from textile to painting, masks, jewelry, figurines, and more. We profile the top 10 places to see African art right here in New York City.
The Neuberger Museum of Art is located on the campus of Purchase College, Westchester, and has had a permanent collection of African art since 1974. A large donation from the private ownership of art collector Lawrence Gussman was made to the museum in 1999. The collection at the Neuberger museum mostly represents 30 tribes from Central and Southern Africa and includes ceremonial masks, figurines, and objects used in daily life such as spoons and headrests. Entrance is free on the first Saturday of each month.
The Calabar Gallery is a new contemporary art gallery in Harlem that acts as a showcase for contemporary African artists and African diaspora artists around the world. The collection is curated by Atim Annette Oton, who selects pieces that illustrate every facet of what it means to be African. Featured artworks reflect the black African culture around the world. Previous exhibitions include Black Follicles Matter curated by Dr. Mireille Liong-A-Kong, and Songs In The Keys of Art: Black Musicians by Jimmy James Greene.
Okay Space Gallery is a multi-use gallery and activation space located inside the Okay Space and Okay Africa office in Brooklyn. In addition to exhibitions, there are panel discussions with artists. Artists who have showcased include Sophia Dawson, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and others. Events are always free unless otherwise stated.