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Smooth Nzewi Joins the Staff of the Cleveland Museum of Art

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Curator of African Art Smooth Nzewi with his 2015-16 Hood senior curatorial intern Sarah E. Lund '16, the Homma Family Intern.

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The Art of Weapons: Selections from the African Collection (2014) installed in the Hood's Gutman Gallery. Photo by Jeff Nintzel.

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Inventory: New Works and Conversations around African Art (2016) installed in the Hood's Jaffe and Hall Galleries. Photo by Jeff Nintzel.

Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish installed at Hood Downtown. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish (2017) installed at Hood Downtown. Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

The Hood Museum of Art announces the August departure of Smooth Nzewi, Curator of African Art since 2013, for the position of Curator of African Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. At the Hood, Nzewi curated a series of well-received exhibitions, including Bahar Behbahani: Let the Garden Eram Flourish (2017); Eric Van Hove: The Craft of Art (2016); Inventory: New Works and Conversations around African Art (2016); Ukara: Ritual Cloth of the Ekpe Secret Society (2015); and The Art of Weapons: Selections from the African Collection (2014). He also acquired important works by Ibrahim El Salahi, Lamidi Fakeye, Akin Fakeye, Owusu-Ankomah, Victor Ekpuk, Chike Obeagu, Candice Breitz, Nomusa Makhubu, Julien Sinzogan, Aida Muluneh, Halida Boughriet, Mario Macilau, Eric van Hove, Khulumeleni Magwaza, and Nidhal Chamekh, among others. We wish Smooth well in his career in Cleveland!

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