Brooklyn Art Museum (BAM), Brooklyn, NY
BAM was one of the first museums in the United States to collect and exhibit the Arts of Africa.
Digital Benin brings together all objects, historical photographs and rich documentation material from collections worldwide to provide a long-requested overview of the royal artefacts from Benin Kingdom looted in the late nineteenth century.
Field Museum Chicago / Africa Collections
The Museum’s collection of material culture from the continent of Africa includes over 173,000 objects. The African collections are comprised of nearly 30,000 ethnographic and approximately 143,500 archaeological objects.
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Superb representation of the arts of many African nations, including objects from Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. The Yoruba collection contains a spectacular array of beaded objects, including a majestic throne, elaborate chiefly gowns, and sophisticated divination regalia.
High Art Museum, Atlanta, GA
High’s African art collection includes a diversity of art forms from ancient through contemporary times that represent the depth and breadth of the African diaspora.
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
Menil Collection Arts of Africa, Houston, TX
Metropolitan Museum of Art, (MMA) NY
The Met's collection of art of the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and North, Central, and South America comprises more than eleven thousand works of art of varied materials and types, representing diverse cultural traditions from as early as 3000 B.C.E. to the present.
Museum of Fine Arts, (MFA) Boston, MA
From bronze altarpieces to palace pillars to historic men’s masks, the growing MFA collection of African and Pacific art includes masterpieces from the 16th to 20th centuries.
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Houston, TX
Collections: Search “African American”
Explore a selection of works by African American artists included in the collection of the National Gallery of Art.
Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
The Newark Art Museum ranks among the nation's earliest and most comprehensive collections representing the breadth, diversity and vitality of artistic creativity throughout the continent of Africa. Its holdings comprise nearly 4,000 objects of ritual, ceremonial and daily use, as well as popular urban and fine arts.
Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) Salem, MA
Pitt Rivers Museum
Search object, photograph collections and listings of manuscript collections.
Seattle Art Museum (SAM), Seattle, WA
Collections: Search “African American” and/or African
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Washington, DC
Virginia Museum of Fine Art (VMFA)
Considered one of the most comprehensive African Art colletions in the United States.
Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art Lagos
This acknowledgment is one of the ways in which we work to educate ourselves about this land, its history, and our relationships with the land and each other.
Ibeji with beaded gown.Nigeria.Yoruba peoples
Wood, cloth, glass beads, thread, camwood powder
Fowler Museum at UCLA.
Africa (Smart History)
Beginner's guide to historical overviews, peoples and cultures, aesthetics, religion and rituals, and more.
Amistad Research Center
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Collecting, preserving, and providing open access to original materials that reference the social and cultural importance of America's ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, and civil rights.
The Black Archives Miami, FL
History and Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc. Collecting and Preserving the history and culture of black people in Miami Dade County from 1896 to the present.
Black Past, Seattle, WA
BlackPast is the single largest free and unrestricted resource on African American and African history on the Internet today dedicated to providing a global audience with reliable and accurate information on the history of African America and of people of African ancestry around the world.
The Fowler Museum UCLA
The Fowler Museum at UCLA explores global arts and cultures with an emphasis on Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Indigenous Americas—past and present.
New York Public Library (NYPL) Africana & Black History
The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, NY
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, a research division of New York Public Library, is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.
Delafosse, Maurice. Die Kunst Afrikas. Parkstone International, 2012.
Grabski, et al. African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work. Indiana University Press, 2013.
Salami, et al. A Companion to Modern African Art. Wiley Blackwell, 2013.
Shakarov, et al. Traditional African Art: an Illustrated Study. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2015.
Journal of African American Studies *
International Review of African American Art *
NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art (Duke University)
African Studies Quarterly University of Florida
African Arts (JSTOR) *
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