Portland Museum of Art opens Shangaa: Art of Tanzania

. June 9, 2013

Portland Museum of Art presents Shangaa: Art of Tanzania, an exhibition on view from June 8 through August 25, 2013.

Sukuma, Tanzania, Guardian Post, pair, circa 1900, wood, metal, hide, 82 x 16; 74 x 16 inches, respectively. Private Collection, USA

Sukuma, Tanzania, Guardian Post, pair, circa 1900, wood, metal, hide, 82 x 16; 74 x 16 inches, respectively. Private Collection, USA

Shangaa: Art of Tanzania is the first major exhibition in the United States to focus on the traditional arts of Tanzania. “Shangaa” means “to amaze” in Swahili, the primary shared language in East Africa. This exhibition features 166 objects on loan from private and institutional collections throughout the United States and Europe, ranging from expressionistic to abstract, from raw to refined. Mostly sculptural, these works highlight how Tanzanian cultures use art to channel energy to heal, embody authority, mark initiation into adulthood, address the spirits, and celebrate life and competition. The objects range in date from the 19th century to recent works made by celebrated artists for contemporary events, underscoring the vibrant, living traditions of art and culture in Tanzania.

Shangaa: Art of Tanzania was organized by QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York (CUNY) and curated by Dr. Gary van Wyk. Supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works. www.portlandmuseum.org

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