The exhibition Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths travels to Washington, D.C. Touring dates: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., February 27 - October 20, 2019.
STRIKING IRON: THE ART OF AFRICAN BLACKSMITHS
FINAL WEEKS in Los Angeles before the exhibition travels to Washington, D.C. On View Through December 30, 2018, at the Fowler Museum, UCLA www.fowler.ucla.edu
EXHIBITION TOURING DATES: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., February 27 - October 20, 2019
Musée du quai Branly- Jacques Chirac, Paris, France, November 19, 2019 - March 29, 2020
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Composed from 225 forged objects assembled from public and private collections, Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths reveals the history of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most basic natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, spiritual potency, and astonishing artistry.
Organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and its curatorial team led by artist Tom Joyce, with co-curators Allen F. Roberts, UCLA Professor of World Arts and Cultures; Marla C. Berns, Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director, Fowler Museum; William J. Dewey, Director, African Studies Program and Associate Professor of African Art History at Pennsylvania State University; and Henry J. Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor of Art History and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
New York Times, Critic's Pick, 3 Knockout Art Shows to See in Los Angeles Right Now, by Holland Cotter, August 16, 2018. click here to read
Los Angeles Times, Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmith's shows the delicate artistry of clever metalworkers, by Christopher Knight, September 12, 2018. click here to read
Metalsmith, Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmith's, by Emily Zaiden, December, 2018, volume 38, no. 4. click here to read
New York Times, The Best Art of 2018, by Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter and Jason Farago, December 5, 2018. click here to read