African Cosmos: Stellar Arts Opens at Newark Museum on February 27, 2013

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Newark Museum Exhibition Examines Connections Between African Art, Cultural Astronomy.

Coffin Lid of Henet-Mer, Dynasty 21 (1075-945 B.C.)

African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts, will debut at the Newark Museum February 27.

Featuring more than 70 outstanding works of art from throughout the African continent, African Cosmos: Stellar Arts considers how the sun, moon, stars and celestial phenomena such as lightning and rainbows have served as sources of inspiration in the creation of African arts from the earliest of days.

African Cosmos, which will be on view until August 11, 2013, comes to the Newark Museum following a highly-acclaimed six-month run at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. The exhibition was organized by Christine Mullen Kreamer, deputy director and chief curator of the Washington, D.C. institution.

A fully-illustrated catalog accompanying the exhibition will be available in the Museum Store. Written by Kreamer, the volume also includes essays by noted scholars and artists.

Major sponsorship for African Cosmos: Stellar Arts is provided by the Republic of South Africa and South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology. Additional support has been provided by Networks; Stuart Bohart and Family; Brand South Africa; Credit Suisse; South African Airways; South African Airways Cargo and the Embassy of South Africa, Washington, D.C.


The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in the Downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, just 3 blocks from NJPAC and 10 miles west of New York City. The Museum is open all year round: Wednesdays through Sundays, from Noon – 5:00 p.m. Suggested Museum admission: Adults, $10.00; Children, Seniors and Students with valid I.D., $6.00. Newark Residents and Members are admitted free. The Museum Café is open for lunches Wednesday through Sunday. Convenient parking is available for a fee. The Newark Museum campus, including its collections, facilities, and other resources, is accessible to accommodate the broadest audience possible, including individuals utilizing wheelchairs, with physical impairments, other disabilities, or special needs. For general information, call 973-596-6550 or visit our web site,

Newark Museum, a not-for-profit museum of art, science and education, receives operating support from the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State — a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the Prudential Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Wallace Foundation and other corporations, foundations and individuals. Funds for acquisitions and activities other than operations are provided by members and other contributors.

The Newark Museum is just a few steps from the new NJTransit Light Rail Washington Park Station. Direct connection with the Light Rail at the Broad Street Station and through Penn Station makes the Museum a convenient ride from all points in the region.


The National Museum of African Art is the nation’s premiere museum dedicated exclusively to the collection, conservation, study, and exhibition of Africa’s traditional and contemporary arts. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Dec. 25. Admission is free. The museum is located at 950 Independence Avenue S.W., near the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines. For more information, call (202) 633-4600 or visit the National Museum of African Art’s website, For general Smithsonian information, call (202) 633-1000.

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