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Free exhibit celebrates contemporary African art

If you’re an art lover, then this one’s for you! 

The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) is opening a new exhibit, “Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Sculptures from Africa,” that will be free and open to the public from Feb. 25-Aug. 28, 2022.

A piece by various artists. (Photo courtesy of OLCDC)

Curated by art expert Tumelo Mosaka, the exhibition at The ARC, 675 Ali Baba Ave., is meant to challenge Western culture norms of what contemporary African art actually is. We love an art exhibition with a purpose!

“In conceiving this exhibition, I wanted to turn a lens onto places less known in Africa, and in particular, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, where artists have served as custodians as well as innovators. I want to bring a new understanding of the complexity and subtlety of African art and culture in contemporary times,” said Mosaka in a statement.

Despite the exhibit title, sculptures won’t be the only kind of art you’ll find here. A painting from famed artist Ouattara Watts, pictured below, will also be on display. The art collector in you will be in awe of the beautiful works featured.

Artwork by Ouattara Watts. (Photo courtesy of OLCDC)

Throughout its six-month run, the exhibition will also offer interactive programs such as lectures and carving workshops, so you can get some hands on learning and education on African art.

From Feb. 25-Aug. 28, 2022, “Beyond Tradition” will be open to the public every second Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and by appointment. To make an appointment or for more information, click here.

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