Spheres of Influence features a selection of 24 ceramic pots from regions across Africa. Visually compelling for their robust yet elegant forms and beautifully restrained surface designs, these vessels are also highly social objects.

Made predominantly by women artists with deep knowledge of local materials, molding and firing techniques, and the logics of design and efficient form, pots also embody a politics of gender. Women’s close identification with their vessels and control over the process of their production attest to the power of women’s creative labor and their ability to transform earth into containers of enduring meaning, value, and sociality. The exhibition is enhanced by several loans from Spurlock Museum and local private collections, and includes film footage of African potters at work.



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Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavillion

500 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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