“Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time” illustrates for the public the power of centering the story of the past in Africa—specifically in the medieval empires that gave rise to modern Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria. The partnership among West African museums, archaeologists, and historians and scholars of Saharan Africa produces an illuminating array of objects to demonstrate the importance of seeing the world from within the Sahara’s medieval world. Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Associate Director at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, curated the exhibit in cooperation with colleagues from Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria, and envisioned a dialogue growing from the fragments in which visitors begin a journey to a time and place not well represented in narratives of the medieval world. Berzock explains in the exhibit catalogue that “Caravans of Gold” seeks to center the story around African...

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