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Museum for African Art

36-01 43rd Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101 40.74611 -73.92854
at 36th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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7 at 33rd St.-Rawson St.


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$6 for adults; $3 for seniors, students, and children; free for members and children under 6; free admission, Mon and Thu-Fri, 10am-11am


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The Museum for African Art will begin exhibitions again when it reopens at its 110th St. location in 2009.

It's not always easy to track down the Museum of African Art. Although it was only founded in 1984, it has moved three times: from its original home on 68th Street to a Maya Lin-designed building in Soho to its current temporary location in Queens. And it will move yet again, to a supposedly permanent home on Fifth Avenue and 110th Street that is slated to open in 2009. But it’s worth the effort to seek out the museum, as it's one of the country's few institutions devoted to African art. Back in its original location, the museum focused on the traditional arts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Since then, it has evolved to encompass contemporary African art as well. The current gallery space is itself contemporary, with a concrete floor and movable partitions. The well-designed setting nicely showcases both modern works, such as etchings and photographs, and traditional pieces, such as carved wooden figures. The work on display in the museum's ever-changing exhibitions manage to pack in both art and education, and are as impressive artistically as they are culturally.


All exhibits are temporary, but to learn more about what the museum has displayed in the past, flip through the books in the museum store, such as Art/Artifact: African Art in Anthropology Collections.


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