African Expatriates Featured in New Kennedy Museum Exhibit (VIDEO)

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UPDATE: The exhibition opening reception and curator walk scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12 has been canceled. A special event for the exhibition will be announced soon.

The Kennedy Museum of Art has announced a new exhibition, Encounters Beyond Borders: Contemporary Artists From The Horn of Africa, which brings together eight contemporary artists from the Horn of Africa, now living in either North America or Europe.

Pursuing international trajectories in the contemporary art world, the artists re-figure indigenous artistic content, thereby visually articulating multi-directional and transnational flows, frictions, networks, and mobilities within and between the continents of Africa, North America and other world spaces.

The works included in the exhibition become a means for understanding transnational complexities of diasporas, political unrest in the Horn and broader stories of migration.

Artists included in the exhibition include: Dawit L. Petros (Eritrea/Canada/NYC), Elsa Gebreyesus (Eritrea/Canada/Washington DC), Salem Mekuria (Ethiopia/Boston), Yegizaw Michael (Eritrea/Seattle), Wosene Kosrof (Ethiopia/Berkeley, CA), Mohamed Hamid (Sudan/Columbus, Ohio), Rashid Ali (Somalia/London), Andrew Cross (England), and Julie Mehretu (Ethiopia/NYC).

Dawit L. Petros, Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of 7), “Number 8, Nazareth, Ethiopia,” 2011
Dawit L. Petros, Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of 7), “Number 8, Nazareth, Ethiopia,” 2011

These artists are exhibited together for the first time, guest-curated by Andrea Frohne, an associate professor of African art history in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, College of Fine Arts at Ohio University.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Friday, Feb. 12 from 5-7 p.m. Frohne will lead a gallery walk prior to the reception at 4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Encounters Beyond Borders: Contemporary Artists from the Horn of Africa will be displayed at the Kennedy Museum of Art from Feb. 12 to May 29. Open gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Weekend hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.