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This straw hat is one of the items on display in
This straw hat is one of the items on display in "African Origins."

Continued: African origins

The show is co-curated by Dale Rosengarten from the College of Charleston and Enid Schildkrout of the Museum for African Art (MfAA) in New York City. It’s the result of 25 years of research and a collaboration with the MfAA, McKissick Museum, the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Association of Mt. Pleasant. Thirty of the exhibition’s South Carolina baskets are from the University of South Carolina’s collections.

Workshops, lectures and other programs will take place in February, March, and April. For a complete listing of events and programs, visit the museum’s Web site at, or call the Museum at 803-777-7251.

The “Grass Roots” exhibition was made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Met Life Foundation. Additional funding for the accompanying film was provided by the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation, the South Carolina Humanities Council, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.

McKissick Museum is located on the historic University Horseshoe in downtown Columbia. It is open Monday through Saturday and is free of charge and fully accessible to handicapped visitors. Metered visitor parking is available in the Pendleton Street garage next to the McKissick building.

For more information on “Grass Roots,” or any other Museum exhibitions, contact Ja-Nae Epps at the Museum at or 803-777-2876.

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"Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art"

  • What: Exhibit of more than 200 items made in Africa and the U.S., with emphasis on the iconic coiled basket
  • When: Feb. 13 - May 8, 2010
  • Where: McKissick Museum

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