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      Ethiopia at the Crossroads

      On view April 13 to July 7, 2024.

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      10 am–5 pm

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      10 am–5 pm

      Tuesday

      Closed

      Wednesday

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      Thursday

      10 am–5 pm

      Friday

      10 am–5 pm

      Saturday

      10 am–5 pm

      Sunday

      10 am–5 pm

      Monday

      10 am–5 pm

      Tuesday

      Closed

      Wednesday

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      Thursday

      10 am–5 pm

      Friday

      10 am–5 pm

      Saturday

      10 am–5 pm

      Sunday

      10 am–5 pm

      Discover the first major exhibition in America to examine Ethiopian art in a global context.

      This extraordinary exhibition celebrates the artistic traditions of Ethiopia from their origins to the present day. Explore nearly 2,000 years of Ethiopian art and culture through more than 200 objects, including painted religious icons, illuminated manuscripts, gospel books, coins, metalwork and carvings paired with works by renowned contemporary Ethiopian artists including Wosene Worke Kosrof, Julie Mehretu, Helina Metaferia, Aïda Muluneh and Elias Sime.

      Seated in the Horn of Africa between Europe and the Middle East, Ethiopia is an intersection of diverse cultures, religions and climates. Ethiopia at the Crossroads examines the enormous cultural significance of this often-overlooked African nation through art that tells the story of the region’s history and demonstrates the vibrancy of cross-cultural exchange and the human role in the creation and movement of these art objects. This exhibition draws from PEM’s collection of Ethiopian icons and processional crosses, and is augmented with loans from American, European and Ethiopian lenders.

      Follow along on social media using #EthiopiaCrossroads

      Ethiopia at the Crossroads is co-organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, the Walters Art Museum and the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibition is made possible by two major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MA-253352-OMS-23). The exhibition at PEM is made possible by the generosity of Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. We also thank James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes, Chip and Susan Robie, and Timothy T. Hilton as supporters of the Exhibition Innovation Fund. We recognize the generosity of the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.

      Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

      National Endowmant for the Humanities
      TOP IMAGE: Folding Processional Icon in the Shape of a Fan (detail), Ethiopian, late 15th century. Ink and paint on parchment, thread. Museum purchase with funds provided by the W. Alton Jones Foundation. Acquisition Fund, 1996. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

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