The Sahel is a region defined less by its political boundaries than its climatic and biogeographic. Traveling south from the Mediterranean across the vast Sahara, the Sahel was the shore of the empty desert "ocean" where water and greenery resumed. Its unique geography cultivated a unique culture. The art and religion of this area, which spans the modern countries of Senegal, Niger, Mali, and Mauritania, is the focus of this detailed exhibition. From the 8th-century Megalith on loan from Dakar that greets visitors to 19th-century photographs and landscapes of the region, this exhibition is an epic tale across time and geography.

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