July 18, 2017
Jul 18

Clinton Presidential Center Announces Two New Temporary Exhibit

Little Rock, AR
Press Release

Art Of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision Opens in August And Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu Opens in September

Exhibits Announced on Nelson Mandela International Day

To view high resolution photos for each exhibit, click this link. Photo credits can be found in the file names.

 The Clinton Presidential Center will display a pair of exhibits celebrating the rich cultural history of Africa this fall. Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu, commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision will highlight the colors, shapes, and textures of the African continent through its art.

“Africa is a highly complex, endlessly fascinating collection of countries moving toward a very new future,” said President Bill Clinton. “Through these two exhibits, the Clinton Presidential Center will honor the remarkable life and legacy of a great leader, my mentor and friend, Nelson Mandela, and celebrate the cultures and people of an extraordinary continent.”

Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu tells the story of a young South African boy who became a man prepared to die in the name of equality, justice, and freedom, and, then, the President who led his country out of Apartheid. This exhibit takes Clinton Center visitors along the arc of President Mandela’s life through the camera lens of Nelson Mandela Foundation-commissioned photographer, Matthew Willman. Visitors will experience the places and moments that played an integral role in President Mandela’s and South Africa’s journey to Ubuntu, a word that evokes the oneness of humanity. Visitors can step into a recreation of the eight-by-seven-foot prison cell that Nelson Mandela was sentenced to live in for 18 of his 27 years in captivity, which visually demonstrates the harsh reality of his imprisonment. Visitors will also see several artifacts from the Clinton Presidential Library archives, President Clinton’s personal collection, and on loan from the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu is presented by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision explores the colors, shapes, and textures of Africa through pieces from the Clinton Presidential Center’s archives as well as from President Bill Clinton’s own personal collection. The exhibit features a dynamic presentation of textiles, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and clothing given as gifts to President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton by African Heads of State and as personal gifts by the artisans who created them. Additionally, this exhibit immerses visitors in Africa’s diverse spirit of artistic expression across time that continues to evolve today. From intricately designed kente and batik textiles to traditional sculptures and carvings, Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision brings rare artifacts from Africa to Arkansas.

During the administration, President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton worked to expand democracy and economic opportunity in Africa. The Clinton Foundation has continued the Clinton Administration’s work in Africa by helping to strengthen the continent’s health systems, empowering farmers, and implementing sustainable practices. The Clinton Center’s fall exhibitions provide a platform for sharing not only the history and culture of Africa, but that the work continues. 

Visitors can experience Art of Africa: One Continent, Limitless Vision between August 26, 2017 and February 12, 2018. Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu will open on September 23, 2017 and remain on display until February 19, 2018. 

The educational staff of the Clinton Foundation has created grade-specific educational programs and tours to accompany both new temporary exhibits.  School groups are asked to make reservations two weeks in advance and always tour the Clinton Center at no cost.  Reservations can be made at the following web link: www.clintonfoundation.org/cpceducation or by calling 501-748-0419.