African Reinventions: Reused Materials in Popular Culture

September 25 to December 17, 2010

Plastic bags, aluminum cans, wire, and scraps of wood, cloth, metal, and plastic are given second lives throughout sub-Saharan Africa when they are transformed into a variety of utilitarian and decorative items. With objects including a working radio, a movie poster painted on an old flour sack, and a menagerie of animals made out of cans and wire, African Reinventions presents an engaging assortment of creative uses of recycled materials.

This exhibition was organized in conjunction with sustain•ability: Thriving on a Small Planet, the Fall 2010 College of Arts and Sciences Themester. This exhibition has been made possible with funds provided by the Class of 1949 Endowed Curatorship for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

Image: Bamako, Mali. Lion, 2007. Fashioned from a “Moon Tiger” insecticide can. H. 5 11/16 in. Lent by Patrick McNaughton