Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Gibbes Exhibits African Art

A number of events and programs will take place throughout the Charleston area during the run of "Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art," an exhibition on the history and culture of African basketweaving at Gibbes Museum of Art.

The exhibit, which is up through Nov. 30, visits the history of the Southeastern United States and demonstrates the enduring contribution of African people and culture to American life. It includes more than 200 baskets, made in Africa and the American South, African sculpture and paintings from the Charleston Renaissance period. The exhibit traces the history of the coiled basket on two continents and shows how a simple farm tool once used for processing rice has become a work of art and an important symbol of African-American identity.

Tickets for special Grass Roots programs can be ordered online at

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