“IRMANDADE: The Shape of Water in Pindorama” (film still).

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced that South African artist Lhola Amira will be the first exhibition subject of their new contemporary African art program, led by curator Natasha Becker. “Lhola Amira: Facing the Future” is scheduled to open Dec. 17 at the de Young Museum, in the second-floor gallery that houses the African Art Collection, where it will be on view for a year. The new exhibition, the artist’s first in the United States, will engage with the museum’s permanent African art collection through the lens of Amira’s South African Nguni spiritual practices, specifically exploring the power of ancestors.

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