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GM-50494-05Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsMuseum for African ArtTranscendent Traditions: Baskets of Two Continents10/1/2005 - 10/31/2008$266,500.00Enid Schildkrout   Museum for African ArtLong Island CityNY10029-8405USA2005Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs26650002665000

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, public programs, and website on the heritage of coiled baskets in South Carolina's Low Country and on how they reflect local history and changing and artistic traditions.

“Transcendent Traditions: Baskets of Two Continents.” is a traveling exhibition featuring the history of the humble but beautifully crafted coiled basket, made in Africa and in the southern United States for as long as Africans have been on these shores. By following the trajectories of African and African-American baskets and their makers, the exhibition sheds light on the origins and evolution of an ancient art in the global economy, while interpreting under-explored areas of American and African history.