Containing Culture:
West African Pottery and Tradition

Containing Culture: West African Pottery and Tradition features a range of ceramic traditions from West Africa. The exhibition explores the cultural significance of pottery’s production and use in the Nupe, Lobi, Yoruba, and Igbo societies. Some of these vessels were used for cooking, brewing beer, or storing water, while others performed sacred functions.

The steps of the production process were as significant as the finished objects: gathering the clay, hand-building the vessels, and firing all offer an insight into each culture and community.

Containing Culture features work recently donated to the Tang Collection by William and Gale Simmons.

Exhibition Name
Containing Culture:
West African Pottery and Tradition
Exhibition Type
Student Curated
Winter Gallery
Mar 15, - Apr 20,
Containing Culture is curated by Kristen Carbone, ‘03, Skidmore College and is supported by the Department of Art and Art History and the Harry F. Gaugh Travel Fund, Skidmore College.
Pattern by Evelyn Wang ’19
Inspired by the exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.