A New Destination for African Art

The New York Times | Holland Cotter:


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A few weeks before the revamped Harvard Art Museums reopened here, a new university-affiliated art space, the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, made its debut in modest quarters, two former storefront offices off Harvard Square, filling a slot that other local institutions left all but empty.

 A still from a video by Nandipha Mntambo at the new Cooper Gallery. Credit Courtesy of the artist and Jean Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection 

The raw spaces were unpromising, to say the least, but the architect David Adjaye has done miracles in linking them and carving out eight nichelike galleries for the first show, “Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection,” for which he also served as curator along with Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt…


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