The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents an exhibition opening featuring beautiful masks from Sierra Leone as part of the permanent exhibit on Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives. The masks will be on display from December 9, 2007 through April 27, 2008.
For many generations, the women’s Sande association of the Mende peoples of Sierra Leone prepared young women for adulthood, marriage, motherhood, and leadership roles in society. Masquerade performances featuring carved wooden masks, music, dance, and theater signaled the ongoing stages of initiation to the community and celebrated the achievements of the initiates. New inside the Fowler in Focus gallery of Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, see twenty-eight beautiful and highly symbolic masks dating from the 19th-early 20th century, as well as several examples of grotesque masks for beloved “clowns” that serve as comic counterparts during Sande initiations.
Also at the Fowler:
Fowler OutSpoken Lecture: The History of Writing Systems in Africa
December 9, 2 pm
Artist Tour of Sefrou, Morocco Observed: The Photographs of Paul Hyman
December 9, 4 pm
Cost: Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot $4 for $8 (all-day), as well as pay station parking (check at parking kiosk for details).
Fowler Museum at UCLA Tel: 310-825-4361
Sponsor(s): Fowler Museum at UCLA
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