Exhibition: PassagesPASSAGES: African Ceremonies<br />
PASSAGES: African Ceremonies


Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

This powerful exhibit of African tribal ceremonies reflects 30 years of commitment to preserving the endangered cultures and peoples of 90 tribes across Africa. Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher pay homage to the rituals that mark every important occasion in tribal life — birth, initiation, courtship, marriage, royal coronations, seasonal rituals, healing exorcisms, and death. These images are the result of a long, enduring and deeply respectful relationship with tribal peoples. This, combined with Beckwith and Fisher’s extraordinary photographic skills, creates an intimate portrayal of ceremonies long held secret that might have never been recorded. It is an exhibit that both preserves and presents the power, complexity and celebration found within the rituals of African tribal life. The exhibition was curated by the Brooklyn Museum and is available for travel through 2027.

Beckwith and Fisher’s award-winning publications include the definitive 2-volume reference African Ceremonies, and Passages, the soft-cover accompaniment to this exhibition.

Critically acclaimed by the New York Times (“a visual feast”), Time Magazine (“a magnificent documenting of the continent’s rapidly vanishing kaleidoscope of tribal rights”) and The Wall Street Journal (“…these two women have gone further and deeper into tribal Africa than any photographers have gone before”).


Exhibition Content
Ninety-two 2'x4' to 10'x10' sized R-prints mounted and in lustermatte, ready to install; video and music footage; 16 jewelry artifacts. Artists available for presentation.
AvailabilityLinear FeetShipping InfoRental Fee
Through 202760010 crates, 4000 lbsPlease Inquire
Venues »InstitutionLocationDates
 The Museum of Natural ScienceTurin, Italy  Nov 2009 - Jan 2010
 The Bowers MuseumSanta Ana, CA  Nov 2008 - Aug 2009
 National Geographic MuseumWashington, DC  Oct 2004 - Jan 2005
 Carnegie MuseumPittsburgh, PA  May 2003 - August 2003
 Naples Museum of ArtNaples, FL  February 2003 - May 2003
 Borges Centro CulturalBuenos Aires, Argentina  December 2002 - March 2003
 Mississippi Museum of ArtJackson, MS  July 2002 - October 2002
 Brooklyn Museum of ArtNew York, NY  July 2000 - September 2000