Welcome to the Gallery of African Art
The Gallery of African Art is primarily an educational museum display of a unique, private collection representative of various regions, tribes and traditions of the African continent. The collection has been assembled by art collector Gordon B. Lankton.
expansion of the facilities with access via the Sunrise Boutique
at 62 High Street have been completed and are now open to the public.
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Gallery Hours •
Mon. - Fri. 10AM-5:30PM
Thur. ‘til 8PM
Gallery Tours: Every Thursday, 4-7PM
The Gallery of African Art is pleased to announce a series of regularly scheduled FREE tours (donations accepted) every Thursday, beginning Thursday, January 3, 2013, 4-7pm. Musician and ethnomusicology expert Zach Combs of Crocodile River Music will offer informal tours of the Gallery collection.
The Gallery encompasses a diverse collection of more than 600 + African tribal masks, figures, sculpture and artifacts crafted in stone, wood, clay and bronze, spanning 32 tribes, including Dogon, Baule, and Bamana art. It is located in Clinton’s buzzing commercial district on High Street.
In a reciprocal venture the Sunrise Boutique—the goal being to advance the renaissance of downtown Clinton—the Gallery is located at the back of the eclectic store through an entry portal. Visitors have found and been enchanted with the rather dense exhibition of Lankton’s private collection. Lankton commented on his latest venture:
In my sixty years of world travel, I have developed friends and cultivated interesting collections. The 200+ piece collection of African art opening in the Gallery at The Sunrise Boutique, is a marvelous collaboration with Cynthia Cannon and I’m grateful for her generosity.
Like African art in general, Lankton’s collection emphasizes the human figure, visual abstraction, sculpture and the representative accouterments of ceremonial performance art.
Drumming Classes with Master Drummer Issa Coulibaly
The Gallery of African Art and Crocodile River Music are hosting classes for children and adults taught by Master Drummer Issa Coulibaly (issacoulibaly.com). Issa, originally from Mali, West Africa, is a dynamic performer who teaches at Connecticut College. He has performed at the Grand Reopening of the Gallery of African Art as well as provided subsequent demonstrations on Thursday evenings. Classes every Wednesday. Click Here for information.
African Dance Classes with Seydou Coulibaly
The Gallery of African Art and Crocodile River Music are hosting African Dance classes at the Ciccone Family Fitness Center located at 45 High Stree in Clinton, MA. The classes are taught by Seydou Coulibaly. Classes on Saturdays. Click Here for information.