A Perfect Power: Motherhood and African Art opening postponed

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Slated to open April 5, this event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From monumental headdresses of elderly mothers to sculptures that represent mythic female ancestors, this exhibition brings together nearly 40 objects from public and private collections to demonstrate how artists have represented the power of African mothers and used maternal imagery to signal moral, cultural, and spiritual authority. Organized by Kevin Tervala, Associate Curator of African Art, BMA; Oyèrónké Oyěwùmí, Professor of Sociology, Africana, and Women’s Studies, Stony Brook University; Jennifer Kingsley, Director of Museums & Society; and Michael Harper, Hae In Kim, Maria Kyriakakos, Clara Leverenz, and Andrea White, students in Kingsley’s Spring 2019 Curatorial Practicum.