Podcast: Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa

On view through May 31, Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa features nearly 170 loans from museums and private collections in Europe, Canada, and the United States. The exhibition examines the shifting meanings of the term Senufo since the late nineteenth century and investigates assumptions underlying the labeling of art as Senufo. Revealing the shortcomings of labels tied to limited cultural or ethnic groups, the exhibition encourages a closer look at individual objects and their particular histories.

We sat down with Constantine Petridis, Curator of African Art, to discuss the exhibition.

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Constantine Petridis

The Cleveland Museum of Art

A native of Belgium, Constantine (Costa) Petridis earned an MA in art history and archaeology and a PhD in art history from the University of Ghent, in Belgium. He has been in charge of African art at the Cleveland Museum of Art since January 2002.

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