Opening Night Program: World on the Horizon
5–6pm Fowler Member Preview
Private member preview and cocktail reception in the Davis Courtyard.
6–7pm World on the Horizon: The Curators’ Backstory
Exhibition co-curators Prita Meier and Allyson Purpura present the exhibition’s overarching themes and bring to life some of the finest objects on view. They also will recount how the relationships forged with the National Museums of Kenya and the Bait al Zubair Museum in Oman enabled unprecedented loans on view for the first time in the United States. Fowler members priority seating at 5:45pm.
7–9pm Opening Party
Preview the exhibition and enjoy cocktails while Afro Funké DJs spin their signature global soul grooves. At 7:30pm Afro Funké musicians turn up the party with a fiery live performance on the terrace.
About the Exhibition
Featuring more than 150 artworks from eastern and central Africa and the western Indian Ocean rim, World on the Horizon enters the streets and homes of Swahili port towns and beyond, highlighting the arts of diplomacy and trade, the built environment and domestic interiors, society and fashion, and spiritual knowledge and devotion. The arts on view speak to an outward-looking ethos—one of encounter, possibility, negotiation, and struggle—that connects communities on the Swahili coast with faraway places, and reveals how people bring the world home.