Current Exhibitions

March 7, 2015 - January 3, 2016
As part of Emory's celebration and exploration of creation and creativity across cultures, the Carlos Museum is featuring not only indigenous art of the American Southwest, the gifts of "Spider Woman," but also beadwork and leather of the Plains, Cherokee sculpture and basketry, and Southeastern Mississippian shell jewelry.

January 31-June 21, 2015
A Smithsonian exhibition from the National Museum of African Art, African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, is the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts. Featuring more than seventy outstanding works of art from throughout the African continent, African Cosmos  considers how the sun, moon, stars, and celestial phenomena such as lightning and rainbows have served as sources of inspiration in the creation of African art from ancient times to the present. The African Cosmos  exhibition demonstrates that observations of the heavens are part of the knowledge that informs origin stories, artistic expression, and ritual practice in African cultures. Standing at the core of creation myths and the foundation of moral values, celestial bodies are often accorded sacred capacities and are part of the “cosmological map” that allows humans to chart their course through life.

January 17-May 17, 2015
Creating Matter  explores the work of African-American artist Mildred Thompson and her interest in the cosmos and the creation of the world.Thompson’s work is heavily influenced by African textiles, American jazz, European classical music, and German Expressionism. Most of her early work was figural, but she moved toward total abstraction in the 1970s, creating prints full of movement and mystery.

Through February 1, 2015

The Native North American gallery on the first floor hosts a show of objects on loan to the Carlos Museum representing the Wixárika (often known as the Huichol) indigenous people of modern western Mexico. Their stunning beaded objects and pressed-yarn "paintings"; span the sacred to the secular, from prayer bowls used on their pilgrimage ceremonies to masks made expressly for collectors.


August 30, 2014 – July 26, 2015
A tablet discovered in the ruins of the ancient Babylonian city of Nippur in the nineteenth century by a team from the University of Pennsylvania tells the extraordinary story of a plan by the gods to destroy the world by means of a great flood and recounts the tale of an immortal man named Utnapishti, who builds a huge boat to rescue his family and every type of animal. The Nippur Tablet is now on loan to the Carlos Museum by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to highlight programming and research focused on ancient biblical sources in conjunction with Emory University’s Creation Stories project.