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Living Among African Art: One Man’s Life as a Collector

Eric Edwards lives with a continent of art in his Brooklyn home. For the past 44 years he has collected over 2,500 artifacts from all 54 countries of Africa, spanning 4,000 years of history. It is one of the world's most impressive private collections of African art. Filmmaker Mark Zemel interviews Edwards about why he's a collector, how he acquired some of the pieces, and where he hopes they will go in the future. "I feel my purpose is to protect [the art] and ... put them in a place where they can be respected and be cared for by others after I leave this place."

Learn more about Edwards' project to open The Cultural Museum of African Art.

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