The Kruizenga Art Museum aims to educate, engage and inspire the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Hope College — as well as the broader communities of Holland and West Michigan.

Current Exhibition


January 17–August 1, 2020


Resilience, Resistance and Revival in 20th-Century Yoruba Art examines the survival and evolution of Yoruba art and culture in Nigeria through the periods of British colonization and post-colonial independence. The artworks included in the exhibition illustrate how Yoruba art has been shaped by the twin forces of continuity and change through the 20th and into the 21st centuries. The exhibition includes works from a series of distinctly Yoruba art movements that emerged between the 1960s and 1990s, the collective success of which ensured that Yoruba culture remains vibrant and relevant in Nigeria and the rest of the world to this day.  

Resilience, Resistance and Revival was organized by the Kruizenga Art Museum in conjunction with Hope College Art History Professor Anne Heath and the students from her Spring 2019 Art 360 Class: Nina Kay, Sylvia Rodriguez, Holle Wade and Caleigh White. The museum is grateful to Professor Heath and her students for the research and presentation ideas that underpin this exhibition. The museum is also immensely grateful to all of the donors and lenders who made this exhibition possible: especially Dr. Bruce and Ann Haight of Grand Rapids, Mich., as well as Mary Vande Poel ’59 of Zeeland, Mich.; Leif Jacobsen ’60 of Sarasota, Fl.; Dr. Neal ’68 and Elizabeth Sobania of Lakewood, Wa.; and Yorgo and Kelly Demtrakopoulos of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Admission to the exhibition is free, and all are welcome.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated digital catalog that can be downloaded free of charge from the Kruizenga Museum website.

Download the Resilience, Resistance and Revival in 20th-Century Yoruba Art exhibition catalog (PDF) 

View Resilience, Resistance and Revival in 20th-Century Yoruba Art exhibition artworks in the KAM collection database 

Image: Justice, Lamidi Fakeye,  ca. 1994, Mahogany (Gift of Bruce M. Haight)