LACMA 50: African Textiles Exhibition

CGsH3vRVAAA0jfOLACMA 50 exhibition hosted by the Los Angeles Museum of Art celebrates the rich history of African textiles.

Brilliant color, bold patterns, and intriguing symbols characterize the dress of many societies throughout the African continent. Not only are garments visually compelling, but they are also laden with emblems of power that signify the wealth, status, prestige, or even divinity of the bearer.

The body’s seat of intelligence, spirit, and identity is also established by crowning the head with spectacular structures fashioned out of feathers or beads that soar above or surround the head, increasing or expanding a subject’s stature.


Featuring over 35 dynamic textiles and commanding headdresses, this exhibition presents the visual impact of African textiles. Fashioned in a variety of techniques and enhanced with a broad range of natural materials, these garments and headpieces sculpt the body into iconic form and serve as aesthetic surrogates for power and esteem.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

April 5, 2015–October 12, 2015
Hammer Building, Level 3