The DIA's African art collection ranks among the finest in the United States and comprises some rare world-class works from nearly one hundred African cultures, predominantly from regions south of the Sahara desert. While the collection is diverse, ranging from sculpture to textiles to exquisite utilitarian wares, religious paraphernalia and bodily ornaments, it is heavily weighted toward the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
African American Art
Established in 2000, the GM Center for African American Art represents one of the first curatorial departments dedicated solely to African American art at any major art museum. The Center actively pursues acquisitions and plans exhibitions of the museum's growing permanent collection of African American art. The collection currently includes approximately 500 objects in various media. Most of these works date from the latter half of the 1900's, and the collection is especially strong in the graphic arts.