Drawn primarily from the Seattle Museum of Art’s remarkable African collections, this exhibition, whose title originates in an African parable, highlights the artistic heritage of a number of sub-Saharan cultures. Both traditional and contemporary works were on view, illustrating both the worlds modern Africans inhabit. To deepen the visitor’s experience of the traditional objects, advisors from the represented cultures brought the works on display to life on the audiotour, revealing the meanings, stories and ideas associated with them.
Video projections demonstrated how the objects were put to use in the rites, ceremonies, or even day-to-day lives, of the African communities for whom they were created. An Acoustiguide Audio Tour was provided as part of admission to this exhibition.This exhibition was organized by the Seattle Art Museum with generous funding provided by Washington Mutual.