Newly acquired artworks in the Africa galleries are the subject for May’s Friends Only tour.

May 20, 2021 11:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

Dr. Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Curator, Art of Africa and the Americas

Curator Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers will lead the last Friends Only tour of the season

Friends Only is delighted to announce its final event of the season: Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Curator of African Art and Head of the Arts of Africa & the Americas, will present a virtual talk about newly acquired artworks on view in the African art galleries.

Jan-Lodewijk came to Mia in 2008 as its first curator of African art.  He led the innovative reinstallation of Mia’s African galleries in 2013 and has broadened the collection through numerous acquisitions. A native of Belgium,  Grootaers studied cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago for his PhD, specializing in Central Africa.  

At Mia his “iAfrica” show in 2009 experimented with multisensory experiences. More recently he has focused on artistic expressions in the African practice of Islam, leading up to the current exhibition “Khatt Islāmi: Sacred Scripts from Islamic Africa,” curated in collaboration with Amallina Mohamed from the Somali Museum of Minnesota. Later this year, Grootaers will open a new gallery dedicated to Islamic Africa, adjacent to the existing gallery of Islamic art. 

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