History of Art and Architecture

Opening Reception - "Africans in India"

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 4:00pm

Frick Fine Arts Building, Room 125 & University Art Gallery

Exhibtition dates: February 15-March 21, 2019

Introduction by Kenneth X. Robbins, Omar H. Ali, Jazmin Graves: February 15, 4:00PM in 125 FFA

Opening reception: February 15, 5:00PM-7:00PM in the UAG

Over the centuries, East Africans have greatly distinguished themselves in India as generals, commanders, admirals, architects, prime ministers, and rulers. They have written a story unparalleled in the rest of the world: that of enslaved Africans attaining the pinnacle of military and political authority.

Known as Habshis (Abyssinians) and Sidis, they have left an impressive historical and architectural legacy that attest to their determination, skills, and intellectual, cultural, military and political savvy.

This exhibition, the first of its kind, retraces—in over 100 photographic reproductions of paintings and contemporary photographs—the lives and achievements of a few of the many talented and prominent Sidis of yesterday.

For additional information about the exhibition, please visit uag.pitt.edu