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African Modernism in America

February 10 May 19

Taft Museum of Art

$0 – $15

african modernism in america

See African Modernism in America at the Taft Museum of Art from February 10 through May 19.

African Modernism in America features more than 60 dynamic and vivid works of art created in Africa during the 1950s and ’60s. Co-organized by the American Federation of Arts and Fisk University Galleries, the exhibition explores the relationships between African artists and American patrons, artists, and cultural organizations amid the interlocking histories of civil rights, decolonization, and the Cold War.

The inventive nature of the works in the exhibition challenges the assumptions of the time about African art being isolated to a “primitive past.” Some pieces took inspiration from early Christian art, West African sculpture, and Nigerian literature, while others reflected the influences of American jazz and modern European art.

Check out these 5 Must-See Works from African Modernism in America

African Modernism in America Admission

  • Admission is free for Taft members, guests of members with guest pass, military, and youth (17 and under)
  • $15 for adults
  • $12 for seniors

Save on tickets when you buy online. Includes admission to special exhibitions and the museum’s collection galleries. Sundays and Mondays are free. Access five shows geared toward BIPOC with the Flow Pass for $185.

African Modernism in America

Taft Museum of Art Venue Details


The Taft offers limited free on-site parking for guests visiting the museum, the Museum Shop, and the Lindner Family Café during regular museum hours in the Taft’s on-site garage—the front gates and garage open 15 minutes before opening. Arrive using Cincinnati METRO.

Prohibited Items

  • Other than water, outside food or drink is not allowed unless for medical purposes.
  • All bags and containers of any type are subject to security inspection.


The museum is accessible to visitors with mobility impairments. Accessible elevators, lifts, restrooms, parking, wheelchairs, and ramps are available.

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