The African Development Center (ADC) opened a new art exhibition in its gallery December 17, showing a variety of contemporary African artists.
The ADC, an organization focused on business and home ownership and financial literacy for African immigrants, first started in April of 2004. According to its website, in 2010 it was named “the number one business lender in Minneapolis.”
In 2009 the ADC bought the former North Country Co-op building on South 5th Street in Minneapolis and, after much renovation, ADC opened the doors of its new home in October.
The art gallery, curated by Oreoluwa Adedeji, a Nigerian-Minnesotan, is a collection of contemporary African pieces from about nine different countries, including artists from Nigeria, Somalia, Ghana and Brazil. Its regular hours are 9-5, Monday through Friday.
“Art and culture offer a way for ADC to connect with the local community, and embrace its spirit,” Hussein Samatar, the executive director of ADC, said in another interview. He hopes to offer new exhibitions about three times a year.
Oreoluwa wanted to focus on contemporary African art instead of traditional African works to show a fresh perspective. Often people think of African art as one style but of course it varies as much as art varies in any other continent.
“I didn’t see much modern African art being promoted, so I want to promote it,” she said.
Oreoluwa even included three sizable pieces from her private collection.
The exhibition opening was accompanied by African drummers providing an appropriate soundtrack to the dramatic art works.