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Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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Still in its infancy, the collection of contemporary African art reveals an expansion of not only stylistic conventions and iconographic content but also media, which now encompasses installation art, photography, mixed media, canvas paintings, collages, and found objects, among others. Major acquisitions made over the past four years include works by such well-known artists as El Anatsui, Amir Nour, Magdalene Odundo, Berni Serle, Yinka Shonibare, Malick Sidibé, and Fazal Sheikh, as well as newly emerging artists in the American art scene including  Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Lalla Essaydi, Zanele Muholi, Wangechi Mutu, and Etiyé Dimma Poulsen. Recognizing the important contribution of post-independence art movements in Africa to the transition from traditional to contemporary art forms, the museum has begun also to acquire examples of works representing regional art movements, including works by the Oshogbo-based artists Twins Seven Seven, Nike Davies-Okundaye, Muraina Oyelami, and Adebisi Fabunmi of Nigeria; Jak Katarikawe, who was heavily influenced by the school of artists in Makerere, Uganda; and Aleqa Yohannis Teklu, one of the fathers of modern Ethiopian Christian painting.

Last Updated: 8/24/07