In ‘Defying the Narrative,’ artists reject homogenization of African art

Type “African art” into Google Images and you’ll find a pretty homogeneous group of artworks — paintings of lanky, dancing figures, giraffes and elephants, and jug-carrying women, all rendered in warm tones of orange, yellow and red. Indeed, many Americans associate such images with art from the continent as a whole. Most would likely be hard-pressed to describe anything different if asked about African art.

In its most recent exhibition, Ever Gold [Projects] aims to complicate the broad generalizations that Americans so often project onto African art. “Defying the Narrative: Contemporary Art from West and Southern Africa,” which opened this past Saturday, showcases the widely varied works of 14 artists hailing from a range of African countries. Shown in the Minnesota Street…

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