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Earthen Elegance and Power Dressing - The Newark Museum

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    A couple of exhibitions that may be of interest to those of you in the Newark, NJ area- http://www.newarkmuseum.org/earthenelegance/ The Museum s latest
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      A couple of exhibitions that may be of interest to those of you in the Newark, NJ area-
       
       
      The Museum's latest African art exhibition
      Earthen Elegance: African Ceramic Vessels From The Newark Museum Collection presents the work of artists from diverse cultures throughout the African continent. In Africa, pottery is usually a woman's art. Female potters work without the aid of a mechanized wheel, making their achievements all the more impressive. The vessels' superb craftsmanship reflects a deep understanding of the relationship between form and function on the part of their makers as well as a demonstrated aesthetic sensibility. While created for practical purposes, such as storage or cooking, vessels are also used in ritual contexts, particularly those relating to the spiritual realm or marking life's major transitions. In many African cultures, pots are created to celebrate a marriage and smashed to mark the death of a loved one. The exceptional works on view, all created in the 20th century, testify to the continuing vibrancy of one of humanity's most ancient artistic traditions.
      This exhibition will be on view through
      December 31, 2005.
       
      Oba Ademuwagun Adesida II the Déjì of Akure, on throne in courtyard of Akure palace, Yoruba peoples, Nigeria, Photograph by Eliot Elisofon, 1959, image no. 2071. Eliot Elisofon Photographic archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
       
      Discover the artistic diversity and visual splendor of African men’s dress in this first exhibition of its kind in the United States.
       
      Power Dressing: Men’s Fashion and Prestige in Africa brings together fifty spectacular examples of male attire from across the continent, from Morocco to South Africa, representing over a century of fashion.  Drawn from the Museum’s own important collection, as well as from private and public lenders, the works on view reveal how a man’s clothing can define, sustain and reinforce ideas about power and status.  The exhibition is organized into four broad and intersecting themes-Style and Status, Fit for a King, Divine Dress, and Identity and Innovation -- that offer rich insights into the meanings of men's fashions within Africa's diverse and ever-changing cultural and political landscape.
       
      PUBLIC PROGRAMS
       
      LECTURE SERIES:  Passion for African Fashion
      Thursday Evenings: December 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Reception follows.
      Two-lecture series: $25 Members and  $35 Non-Members; Single lectures $20
      Africa has long been a source of inspiration for designers worldwide. This two-part series offers historical and personal perspectives on how Western haute couture has embraced African fashion.
       
      Thursday, December 1
      My Odyssey: Ancient African Civilizations
      Mary McFadden, Fashion Designer
       
      ARTIST DEMONSTRATION: Hands of the Master
      Sunday, November 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
      Discover the art of Hausa embroidery and explore masterworks in this tradition on view in the exhibition, Power Dressing.
       
      POETRY SLAM
      Friday, January 20, 7:00-11:00 p.m.  Reception follows.
      Fee: $10.00 per person (to sign up, call 973-596-6637)
      Featuring performances by the legendary Miguel Algarin and Amiri Baraka and hosted by Helena D. Lewis.  Poets are invited to perform their work with winners selected by members of the audience.
       
      GALLERY TOURS
      Drop-In Tours
      Wednesdays through Sundays, 2:30 p.m.
      Reserved Group Tours
      Available to groups of 10 or more.  Fee: $8 for adults; $5 for seniors and students
      For reservations, call 973-596-6613
       
      PERFORMANCE: Kulu Mele
      Saturday, November 12, 2-3:00 p.m.
      The Kulu Mele Dance Ensemble celebrates the diversity of African cultures through performances of West African-based traditional dance and drumming.

      FAMILY EVENTS
      Power Dressing FamilyTours: Fit for a King
      Every Saturday and Sunday in November
      Gallery Tours: 11:00 a.m., 1:30 & 3:00 p.m.; Art workshop: ongoing 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      Royal garments once worn by powerful kings from the Dahomey, Asante and Yoruba kingdoms are the focus of these tours, designed especially for children and their grown-ups. After seeing these works in the exhibition, the young visitors will step into our tailor's shop and measure and cut to create their own garment of style, status and power.

       


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