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Caravans of Gold

Exhibition opens Jan. 26 at The Block

An ambitious new exhibition will showcase the splendor and power of the lost kingdoms and commercial centers of Africa, using centuries-old artifacts from sites around the Sahara Desert and artwork from West and North Africa, Europe and the Middle East that reveal the reach of Saharan networks, in a first-of-its-kind show that will open in January.

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University’s “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa” will debut at the Block Jan. 26 through July 21, 2019, before traveling to the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (Sept. 21 2019-Feb. 23, 2020) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. (April 8-Nov. 29, 2020).

Presenting more than 250 artworks and fragments spanning five centuries and a vast geographic expanse, the exhibition features loans from partner museums and institutions in Mali, Morocco and Nigeria, including many items which have never been presented in the United States.

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RSVP by Jan. 23 for Jan. 25 event

Curator Kathleen Berzock and exhibition spokespersons will be available for questions and on-camera interviews.

RSVP by Jan. 23 to Stephanie Kulke and Erin Karter.

Media also are invited to the Jan. 26 Opening Day Celebration. RSVP online

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Meet the experts

The planning, presenting, and research associated with Caravans of Gold includes many individuals working internationally. A list of the principle individuals involved with the project and other experts in fields including African art, archaeology, comparative literature, and history who have agreed to comment to the media is available upon request.  

To schedule interviews, email Stephanie Kulke and Erin Karter.

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