With three exhibitions covering a widely diverse range of art forms – from delicate 16th century ivory oliphants created by Kongo artists to arresting portraits taken by West African photographers at the turn of the 20th century– there is a lot currently happening in the African section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Join Dr. Yaëlle Biro, the Met’s Associate Curator for African Arts, for an overview of the Museum’s activities in the field and for a focus on her exhibition “In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa”.

Image: Unknown Artist (Senegal). Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1910. Gelatin silver print from original glass negative, 1975; 6 x 4 in. (16.5 x 11.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Susan Mullin Vogel, 2015 (2015.499.14a, b)