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GI-290823-23Public Programs: Exhibitions: ImplementationMetropolitan Museum of ArtPublic Humanities: Africa & Byzantium5/1/2023 - 8/31/2024$400,000.00Andrea Achi   Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew YorkNY10028-0113USA2023Art History and CriticismExhibitions: ImplementationPublic Programs40000004000000

Implementation of a traveling exhibition exploring the global impact of the art and culture of Byzantine-era North and East Africa, including public programs, online media, and a scholarly catalog.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) respectfully requests a $400,000 implementation grant from the NEH to support the traveling exhibition Africa & Byzantium, organized in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). Building upon a line of Met exhibitions related to Byzantium, Africa & Byzantium will foreground the critical role played by early African Christianity, its heritage, traditions, and history in the Byzantine world while challenging common preconceptions about the arts of both Africa and Byzantium. Through educational programs, interdisciplinary interpretative strategies, accessible digital materials, and a scholarly catalogue, the project will expand public understanding of Byzantium, its reach, and its transcultural authority. The exhibition will make accessible complex humanistic themes and ideas related to African identity, and will foreground the importance of the North and East Africa’s cultural heritage to the development of world history.