Date & Time

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 6:00 PM to Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 9:00 PM


Logan Center: Second Floor and Café




Exhibition Fri, Aug 15–Sun, Oct 12, 2014
Opening Reception Fri, Aug 15, 2014, 6–8 pm

This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocative, and vital. An enduring beat experienced and shared through the arts, Africa has strong connections in Chicago, which are fostered by the work of the Africa International House and its partners in creating the annual festival.

In this exhibition, Logan Center Exhibitions and the festival’s organizers, Africa International House, take a look back at the artworks that have served as the festival’s images. Featuring festival posters and a selection of the original artworks that inspired them, you’ll see the work of artists including Dana Easter, Melvin King, Dayo Laoye, Samella Lewis, Najjar, and Woodrow Nash.