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Detroit News art critic highlights African art exhibit at WSU's Elaine Jacob Gallery

December 18, 2012

The purpose behind artistic creation gets the once-over in a show about African art that focus on very different human impulses. "When Art Works: African Utilitarian Objects from the Faxon Collection" at Wayne State's Elaine L. Jacob Gallery considers instruments of everyday life in an exhibit up through Feb. 8. Nii O. Quarcoopome, who heads the Department of Africa, Oceania and Indigenous Americas at the Detroit Institute of Arts, curated the show at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery. Quarcoopome notes in the catalog that accompanies the show that sub-Saharan art is almost all functional, blurring the distinction between "art" and "non-art."