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Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women (Touring)

Start Date 09 September 2020
End Date 03 January 2021
Venue North Carolina Museum of Art
Location North Carolina, USA
Curator Amanda M. Maples
Exhibition display entrance with Good as Gold banner

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

September 9, 2020–January 3, 2021

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women is the first major exhibition of Senegalese gold jewelry to date that focuses on the history of Senegal’s gold, from past to present, and the beauty and complexity of the way Senegalese women use ornament and fashion to present themselves. A key theme of the exhibition is the Senegalese concept of sañse (a Wolof word for dressing up or looking and feeling good). Good as Gold explores how a woman in a city like Dakar might use a piece of gold jewelry to build a carefully tailored, elegant fashion ensemble.

The exhibition also looks at the interconnectedness of local and global expressions and understanding of fashion. In addition to presenting nearly 120 works, the exhibition unveils an haute couture ensemble inspired by the strength and savoir faire of Senegalese women, designed by Oumou Sy—Senegal’s “Queen of Couture” and its most celebrated fashion designer.

Visit this exhibition in person: The Museum is open with updated hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, required free timed tickets to encourage social distancing, and increased health and safety procedures including required cloth masks.

With our new NCMA Virtual Exhibitions Subscription, you can also explore virtual versions of the eight special exhibitions now on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art. These virtual portals are available for you to experience on your own time and at your own speed, for a one-time access fee.


Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., USA, 24 October 2018 – 02 February 2020
North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina, USA, 09 September 2020 – 03 January 2021

Image courtesy of North Carolina Museum of Art, North Caroline, USA.