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Detroit, Michigan

Obscura Day 2015: Mbad's African Bead Museum

Join Olayami Dabls—esteemed fine-artist, museum curator, and historian—at the Mbad African Bead Museum to explore the history of African material culture and the sculptures that surround the museum.

Detroit's oldest collection of its kind, some of Olayame Dabl's beads date back around 400 years.

Tucked into a former house on Detroit's near west side, a short ride from downtown, the Mbad Museum and Dabl's African Bead Gallery is the fourth African bead museum to open in the United States. It holds a wide variety of art works, ceremonial beads, and related objects that date back hundreds of years.

In addition to the huge collection of beads that carry a lot of cultural significance, the museum holds books on African history and culture, paintings and sculpture from local African-American artists, and objects crafted from ivory, silver, and other materials.

The museum and collection are inside of a century-old rowhouse owned by Olayame Dabl. The outside is a sight unto itself, having been covered in bright, colorful patterns and African motifs overlaid with lots of sparkling mirror fragments.

Join Olayame Dabls -esteemed fine-artist, museum curator, and historian - at the Mbad African Bead Museum to explore the history of African material culture and the sculptures that surround the museum. Tour runs 45 minutes with Q and A at the end. 

DETAILS:

Saturday, May 30 - 12:00 Noon
Ticket Cost: $5