WRITER: BRIAN SHAWVER
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Non-human spirits will be the subject of African art exhibition at
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit
"Ancestors, Djinns, and Orisha: Spirit Beings in Africa" from
Jan. 17 to April 26 in the Stanley I Gallery of the museum. The exhibition
will include approximately 50 objects that represent the artistic portrayal
of non-human spirits in Africa.
Chris Roy, a faculty member in the UI School of Art and Art History,
will talk about the exhibition at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 as part
of the museum's "Perspectives" series.
Both the exhibition and the "Perspectives" lecture will be
open to the public free of charge.
Among the items displayed will be objects from the museum's permanent
collection as well as objects on loan from local collectors.
Representation of spirits in African culture often takes the form of
masks, many of which will be included in the exhibition. Dramatic figures,
tools for communicating with spirits, jewelry and other objects worn by
priests -- all part of the interaction of human beings with spirits from
other worlds -- will also be on display.
The objects will be exhibited according to theme, with separate sections
relating to spirits that serve political and personal functions. There
will also be examples of images borrowed from other parts of the world.
The overall theme of the exhibition is indirectly tied to the museum's
upcoming exhibition of "Victorian Fairy Painting."
Vicki Rovine, the museum's curator of Arts of Africa, Oceania and the
Americas, said, "The idea of communication and communion with other
worlds is clearly illustrated by these objects, as it is in the 'Fairies'
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots
across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni
Center, which is just north of the museum.