Oct 26 – “African Art in Museums: Ethical Quandaries”

African Art in Museums: Ethical Quandaries

Friday, October 26, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Helmut Stern Auditorium, UM Museum of Art


“Where do you think your ancestors got these?” asks Eric Killmonger in the recent Black Panther film. Join us for a discussion facilitated by African Art Historian Ray Silverman with curators, activists and scholars Nii Quarcoopome (Detroit Institute of Arts), Sylvester Ogbechie (UC Santa Barbara), and Monica Udvardy (University of Kentucky) about what we can learn from the display of African art objects in Western art museums, diving deep into fraught questions of collecting, display, and repatriation.

This program is co-sponsored by the U-M Institute for the Humanities and the Museum Studies Program.

Lead support for Beyond Borders: Global Africa is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Michigan Office of Research, African Studies Center, and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.  Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan CEW+ Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and Susan Ullrich.


Ethical Quandaries