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Current Exhibitions

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

On view through January 7, 2018

Look 12. Birds of Paradise, autumn/winter 2013/ 2014 collection

Duro Olowu (Nigerian, born 1965)
Look 12. Birds of Paradise, autumn/winter 2013/ 2014 collection
Cape, embroidered pure silk. Pants, silk and viscose. Top, viscose, georgette, silk
© Photo by Luis Monteiro. Image courtesy of Duro Olowu

The High Museum of Art will be the first venue in the United States to present this major touring exhibition, which offers a fresh look at African design through a myriad of diverse works by more than 120 artists. Ranging from playful to provocative to political, the works include sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more.

The exhibition offers a vision of Africa in the twenty-first century as a place of unbounded optimism, rapid growth, and massive cultural transformation and presents the continent as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance. Making Africa focuses on a generation of entrepreneurs, thinkers, and designers from and within Africa who address a global audience and provide the world with a new vantage point on their continent. The exhibition also illustrates how the artists use their work to effect significant economic, social, and political change.

For more information about this exhibition, please visit the Making Africa website.

Organization and Support

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design was organized by
Vitra Design Museum and Guggenheim Bilbao

Funded by
Kulturstiftung des Bundes

Major funding is provided by
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Fulton County Board of Commissioners

This exhibition is made possible by

Premier Exhibition Series Partner

Exhibition Series Sponsors

Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation, The Antinori Foundation, Ann and Tom Cousins, Sarah and Jim Kennedy, Jane and Hicks Lanier, Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Barbara and Ron Balser, Corporate Environments, Peggy Foreman, James F. Kelly Charitable Trust, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Lubo Fund, Margot and Danny McCaul, Joyce and Henry Schwob

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund