Newark Museum of Art installs African-themed sculptures at entrance

Steve Strunsky,, October 20, 2023

The Newark Museum of Art will unveil a permanent addition to its facâde on Friday night, reflecting the nature and complexity of contemporary art, the evolution of the surrounding Harriet Tubman Square neighborhood, and the diversity of the state’s largest city.


Apollo (Diptych) is a pair of sculptures by contemporary artist Sanford Biggers that flank the historic 1926 entrance to the museum on Washington Street. The 3-foot marble sculptures — one black and one white — are of the head and shoulders of the Greek sun god Apollo wearing a mask with African motifs. Each head is mounted on a double-stepped bronze pedestal, slightly turned away from the museum’s brass and glass double doors in a mirror image of one another.


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