[Jasmine Hill V, Acrylic on Panel, 2012 © Annie Kammerer Butrus.]
[African vessel, Igbo people, Nigeria. Fired clay and slip. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Dick Jemison Collection of African Pottery.]
Shifting over to Annie's home state and frequent source of inspiration, Alabama, the Birmingham Museum of Art just opened a new gallery dedicated to African ceramics.
Last week I mentioned how the High's permanent collection of African art has grown. Well, likewise, the BMA's African holdings, now numbering about 1,600 objects, continue to grow. Pottery is a major strength and places the museum in the national lead with the U.S.’s largest collection of African ceramics, encompassing over 400 clay vessels and figures drawn from all over the continent. (Get a sense of the vessels' enormous scale in this slideshow.) BTW, African American ceramics are currently being celebrated at the BMA, too, via the exhibition Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th Century South Carolina on view through April 7.