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Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art

Opens Jan. 22, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Fred Wilson, Untitled (Venice Bienniale), 2003, C-print.

The themes of escapism, social inquiry and cultural reclamation are at the heart of a new exhibition, Africa, Imagined: Reflections on Modern and Contemporary Art, running from Jan. 22 through May 1 at the KIA, 314 S. Park St.

With works both on loan and from the KIA’s collection, the exhibit will juxtapose mostly West African works of art with European and American modern and contemporary works, exploring how the arts of Africa have been woven into this art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

KIA hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday and noon–4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, or $2 for students and free for members as well as children through age 12, school groups and active military personnel. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a face mask when visiting the KIA. For more information, visit