Co-organized by the Newark Museum and the High Museum of Art
Across cultures and throughout time, great works of art have been inspired by spiritual beliefs. For the Yoruba, one of Africa's oldest and most influential cultures, art and spirituality are often intertwined. Works of art give visual form to the divine and inspire religious devotion. In turn, they are made powerful by spiritual forces. Aesthetics play an important role in the manifestation of the sacred. As the Yoruba say, art has the power to fa ajú móra (magnetize the eyes), becoming àwòwò–tún–wò (that which compells repeated gaze).
Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art explores the relationship between art and the spiritual world in Yoruba culture. The exhibition presents works of art in diverse media, including recent gifts to the organizing institutions from the collection of Bernard and Patricia Wagner as well as works from the Museums' own collections.