An exhibit of drawings and signed lithographs by former South African president Nelson Mandela is on display through October 9 at the Long-Sharp Gallery in Indianapolis, inspired by Mandela’s 1994 visit to Robben Island, the South African island off the coast of Cape Town where he spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.
The exhibition, which also includes photographs of Mandela’s return visit, is presented in partnership with London’s Belgravia Gallery. It is only the second time the collection has been displayed in the United States and the first since his death in 2013. Among the works on display is the famous Mandela handprint on paper with a small image of the African continent at its center. “Indianapolis isn’t necessarily the place people think of for art, but we aren’t a typical Indianapolis gallery,” says Long-Sharp Gallery director Nicole Sharp. “The plan was to bring the exhibit in during an election year, because that’s when people talk about important things. We wanted to use the gallery as a space for peaceful dialogue.”
Nelson Mandela: The Artist, through October 9, Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, longsharpgallery.com