Brooklyn Museum of Art
Numbering approximately 4,500 works, from 200 C.E. to today, the Arts of Africa collection at the Brooklyn Museum of Art is one of the most important of its kind in a U.S. art museum. Representing approximately 400 peoples and thirty-one countries, it has particular strengths in art from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and Ghana.
The Brooklyn Museum was one of the first US museums to collect and exhibit the Arts of Africa. Around 1900, the first works made by African artists entered our collection. In 1923, we presented a groundbreaking exhibition that presented African objects as art (a first in a U.S. museum).