Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art has experimented from time to time with installations or temporary exhibitions that mix historical and contemporary art.
But it has probably never done so well in this vein as it has in “Second Careers: Two Tributaries in African Art,’’ a terrific show on view through Sunday, March 14, that displays nine examples of traditional African art alongside contemporary pieces by six artists from Africa or with African roots.
Organized by Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, who served from 2017 to 2019 as the Cleveland museum’s curator of African art, and its first Black curator, the show fills the ground-level Focus Gallery with works so bold and energetic that they make the space feel tight and constrained.
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