Philly, Philly, Philly... Can't You See...
I've been to Philly several times in the past but it's been to mostly visit family so I don't think I've ever taken advantage of the tourist attractions. While driving through Philly on the way back to DC from New Jersey, my siblings and I decided to make a quick pit stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to view the 'Creative Africa' exhibit. Boy, was it totally worth it. If I posted all the pictures, this blog post would be never ending so I'll just highlight a few of my favorite experiences. If you are in the Philadelphia area, you should definitely check out this exhibition. It will be in the Pearlman Building of PMOA until September 25, 2016.
Robert Indiana’s monumental sculpture AMOR (1998) is on the Museum’s East Terrace. The colorful, six-foot-high sculpture overlooks the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It stands at one end of the Parkway, facing Indiana’s LOVE sculpture at JFK Plaza at the other end.
These popular prints aren't actually African but are African-inspired (and Indonesian-inspired) wax prints from the Dutch brand Vlisco. They've been making these prints since the 1840s. Each print has a specific name and speaks to a certain part of a tribal or country cultural experience.
Deemed one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Lagos, Nigeria had 250,000 residents in 1950. Today, the population is around 21,000,000. These selected prints from "Lagos: All Roads" shot by Akinbode Akinbiyi captures the strain, excitement, and daily life of that massive growth.
Checking out amulets and power objects from the Kuba Kingdom, a pre-colonial kingdom that was located in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Carved elephant tusk from the Bamileke culture in Cameroon.
A display of reliquary guardian figures, which were made to protect the relics, or bones, of important ancestors from the Obamba Culture in Gabon.
A replica of Emmanuel Frémiet's 'Jeanne d'Arc' Statue located across from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.