Works reaffirm African artistic strength

Yaka artist (Democratic Republic of the Congo); Tsekedii mask, 20th century; wood with cloth, pigment, and raffia. University Art Museum, CSU, gift of John A. and Mary Pat Carlen, 2008.
Yaka artist (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Tsekedii mask, 20th century; wood with cloth, pigment, and raffia; University Art Museum; gift of John A. and Mary Pat Carlen, 2008.

Works that are the result of exceptional workmanship from African artists is being displayed in a new exhibit in the University Art Museum. The sculpture, jewelry, textiles, printmaking, and photography are authentic examples of art that fulfills specific purposes in African culture.

African Art: Selections from the Permanent Collections, showcases the University Art Museum’s largest non-western holdings. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition is open now and remains open through Friday, December 19.

Works articulate power, beliefs

The exhibit includes art that serves daily utilitarian functions such as body adornment, or to communicate religious, social, or political order and power.

The art, both traditional and contemporary, reaffirm African artistic strength. This exhibition demonstrates creative use of materials, complex motifs, and exceptional workmanship, all of which reflect generations of African traditions and cultures.

Opening reception and gallery talk Oct. 10

An opening reception is being held Friday, October 10, from 6-8 p.m. A gallery talk will be held at  6 p.m. with David Riep, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at Colorado State University.

Riep has been involved in an ongoing multi-disciplinary project entitled Africa Meets Africa, which explores southern African cultural heritage and uses cultural context as a link to understanding the Arts, Mathematics, Language, and History.

Museum hours

The University Art Museum is open:

  • Tuesdays-Saturdays
  • 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Closed on University holidays
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The museum is located in the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington Street, Fort Collins.