Recently opened in fall 2014, the newly established Ethelbert Cooper Gallery features contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art organized by the gallery and will often feature guest curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished visiting scholars. It hosts a wide range of dynamic workshops, artist talks, symposia, lectures and performances that engage audiences with diverse art archives and cultural traditions from all over the world.
The new gallery, designed by renowned architect and innovator David Adjaye, of Adjaye Associates, includes 2,300 square feet of exhibition space, and state-of-the-art auxiliary spaces for seminars, conferences, and educational programming. The gallery has been made possible by the generous support of Liberian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ethelbert Cooper.
Vera Ingrid Grant is the director of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University. She most recently curated THE WOVEN ARC (Summer 2016); and the Art of Jazz: NOTES (Spring 2016) at the Cooper Gallery; and The Persuasions of Montford
David Adjaye OBE, Principal Architect of Adjaye Associates, is one of the leading architects of his generation.
Mr Cooper is an African entrepreneur who has been active in the African and international natural resources sector for just under four decades.
His career commenced with an early involvement in the mining sector of Liberia in the 1970s, when he served as a young adviser to the nation’s finance minister. During the 1980s and early 1990s, Mr Cooper was the lead protagonist in the successful phased ownership and management restructuring of Liberia’s largest industrial project, the Lamco Joint Venture iron ore mining project. During that period, a separate company of Mr Cooper’s created and implemented an innovative program to export a value-added product, direct reduced iron (“DRI”), from Nigeria to European steelmakers, employing Liberian iron ore as feedstock.