The West Wing

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The MOAS West Wing features the Cuban Foundation Museum, the Prehistory of Florida Gallery, and exhibits on African Art and Weaponry from around the world. The West Wing also contains several locations for rotating temporary and traveling exhibitions.  


Currently on Display


Jacob Lawrence:
Three Series of Prints

Karshan Center of Graphic Art
On Display through May 5, 2019

Celebrating the 100th birthday of Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), this exhibition features 26 graphic works done between 1917-1997. Included are his Hiroshima Series of eight prints, the Genesis Series of eight prints and 10 prints from the Toussaint L'Ouverture Series. Since his first published print in 1963 Jacob Lawrence has produced a body of prints that is both highly dramatic and intensely personal. In his graphic work, as in his paintings, Lawrence has turned to the lessons of history and to his own experience. From depictions of civil rights confrontations to scenes of daily life, these images present a vision of a common struggle toward unity and equality, a universal struggle deeply seated in the depths of the human consciousness.

The Jacob Lawrence: Three Series of Prints exhibition comes from the collection of Alitash Kebede of Los Angeles, CA. The exhibition and museum tour was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, CA. 

Image: Jacob Lawrence, To Preserve Their Freedom, from the Toussaint L'Ouverture Series serigraph, 1986-1987


Garden of the Heart's Desire: Selections from the Golzar Collection of Persian Textiles

West Wing and Root Hall
On Display through July 21, 2019

Gardens reside at the heart of Persian culture, serving as a physical space for social interaction, religious devotion, and scholarly contemplation as well as an intangible ideal of artistry and beauty. This exhibition of over 60 rare 18th
and 19th Century Persian textiles from the private collection of Mahin Ghanbari brings together two of the strongest artistic traditions in historic Persia – lush and beautifully cultivated gardens and gorgeously embroidered and woven textiles. Ms. Ghanbari is one of the preeminent collectors of this art form and her collection represents the Persian aesthetic and longstanding tradition of excellence in handcrafted textile production at its finest.

Image: Velvet Embroidery (detail); possible garment fragment, silk velvet with metal and silk embroidery; 19th Century, Kashan Region, Iran, 18 x 21”

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