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Accra! The Rise of a Global Art Community

Italiano (Italian)

Columbus Museum of Art
480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

On view October 6, 2023–January 28, 2024

The group exhibition celebrates contemporary artists with connections to Accra, Ghana, Columbus, Ohio’s sister city

Patrick Quarm, Invincible Dilemma, 2020. Mixed media, acrylic oil on African print fabric. Courtesy of the artist and Albertz Benda, New York | Los Angeles

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thursday, September 7, 2023 — The Columbus Museum of Art(CMA) is pleased to present Accra! The Rise of a Global Art Community, a multigenerational group exhibition showcasing 18 emerging and mid-career artists with deep connections to Accra, Ghana, whose practices challenge and redefine traditional art historical narratives. On view at the Museum from October 6, 2023–January 28, 2024, this exhibition is organized by guest curators Edmund Gaisie and Rebecca Ibel, in partnership with Deidre Hamlar, Curator at Large at CMA.

Accra! The Rise of a Global Art Community surveys the increasingly visible impact Ghanaian artists have had on global art discourse, including the rise of the ‘Ghana School,’ which has emerged over the past five years as an influential group of artists reshaping the contemporary art landscape. Spanning nearly 30 works, the featured artists leverage various mediums and representational strategies, manipulating form, image, and iconography in an invitation for viewers to engage with new perspectives. The exhibition features artists connected to the nation’s capital by birth, heritage or personal history.

“We’re excited to introduce our community to both younger and more established names from the Ghana School,” said Hamlar. “By pairing internationally renowned artists with lesser known visionaries, we hope this exhibition can contribute to a fuller picture of artmaking from the region, as well as spotlight some of the intergenerational conversations forged by the works on view.”

Patrick Quarm, Nuanom, 2019. Mixed media, acrylic oil on African print fabric. Courtesy of the artist and Albertz Benda, New York | Los Angeles