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Museum for African Art
City: New York, NY
Country: USAAddress: 36-01 43rd Ave, Queens, New York 11101
Website: www.africanart.org Uploaded artworks: 0 Uploaded artist: 0
The Museum for African Art is located in the neighborhood of Long Island City in the borough of Queens in New York City (USA). Founded in 1984, the museum is "dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of African art and culture." The museum is also well know for its public education programs that help raise awareness of African culture, and also operates a unique store selling authentic hand-made African crafts.
Begun as the Center for African Art, the Museum for African Art's founding director was Susan Mullin Vogel, who had previously worked as Associate Curator in the Department of Primitive Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During her time at the Museum for African Art, Vogel curated and organized ground-breaking exhibitions which put into question ways in which African art is presented to Western audiences, and how museum practices structure knowledge for the public. The most well-known of these exhibitions are "Art/Artifact: African Art in Anthropology Collections" in 1988, "Exhibition-ism: Museums and African Art" in 1994, and "Africa Explores: 20th-Century African Art" in 1991.
In 2005, the museum was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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