Living in Style

December 12, 2014 - February 14, 2015 - Lockheed Martin Gallery II

In traditional African societies, many objects used in everyday life are produced in the home or by local craftsmen. Storage vessels, baskets, furniture, tools and weapons must be designed for function and effectiveness, but aesthetic quality is another important element of these objects that conveys a larger meaning.

These objects are statements of the maker’s prowess as a craftsman and of the owner’s status in society, and they reflect many values of the society at large. Living in Style: African Art of Everyday Life presents a wide array of objects used for personal adornment, in the home and in public. Included in the exhibition are hats, jewelry, staffs, chairs, mats, currencies and many other valued objects created throughout the continent.

Installation Shot, Living in Style