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Release: March 12, 1999

UI Museum of Art will host the ninth-annual PASALA conference March 26-28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art and the UI Project for the Advanced Study of Art and Life in Africa (PASALA) will host the ninth-annual Stanley Conference on African Art from Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28 in the museum and other locations on the UI campus.

This conference will coincide with the opening at the museum of "Kilengi: African Art from the Bareiss Family Collection," an international traveling exhibition of more than 200 objects, focusing on new, stylistically varied types of sculpture, primarily from eastern and southern Africa.

The goal of the PASALA conference is to bring together renowned scholars from around the world and younger researchers whose work has yet to reach a wide audience in an atmosphere where ideas can be shared. At this year's PASALA conference, "Crosscurrents: Art and Power in East Africa," scholars from Africa, America and Europe will present research on East African art and culture in order to develop a deeper understanding of the objects featured in "Kilengi: African Art from the Bareiss Family Collection," and the changing cultural landscape out of which these objects emerged.

Conference topics this year include the use of arts to manipulate spiritual and political power, and the adaptation and modification of non-local forms from both neighboring regions and distant continents, to local practices.

Highlights of the three-day conference include:

--the opening event for the exhibition, starting at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 26 featuring an 8 p.m. keynote address by Labelle Prussin, architect and research associate, National Museum of African Art, followed by a drum performance by UI graduate student Olabayo Olaniyi; and

--two lunch-hour film screenings in Room E109 of the UI Art Building, "Visions and Dreams" by Zachary Kingdon, Sainsbury Research Unit, Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, University of East Anglia at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 26; and "Maangamizi the Ancient One," created by Ron and Queenea Mulvihill, at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 27.

PASALA is an interdisciplinary program of fellowships, scholarships, conferences and publications focused on the visual arts. PASALA has hosted international Stanley Conferences on African Art and coincident Stanley Graduate Student Conferences on African Art since 1979. It also co-sponsored the Ninth Triennial Symposium of African Art in 1992.

Proceedings of the Stanley Conferences are published as Iowa Studies in African Art. PASALA also supports travel by African museum professionals to the UI Museum of Art to study the Stanley Collection and to participate in workshops on museum administration, collections management, and basic research on African Art.

"Kilengi: African Art from the Bareiss Family Collection," features pieces from the collection of Walter Bareiss, an avid collector of African Art who lives in Germany and the United States. Consisting of a wide variety of objects, including masks, figurines, furniture, weapons and ceramics, the exhibition focuses on unusual, rarely displayed types of sculpture, primarily from eastern and southern Africa. The exhibition will be open at the Museum of Art until May 23.

Christopher Roy, a speaker at this year's PASALA conference and UI professor of art and art history, wrote the catalogue that accompanies this exhibition. Roy said, "Walter Bareiss has assembled a collection that includes objects types and styles from peoples that were virtually unknown to Westerners only a few years ago. These objects have shown us that Africans continue to create exciting works of art in response to new challenges to success and even survival in Africa."

The UI Museum of Art has a longstanding tradition of African exhibitions and educational programs centered on the museum's renowned Stanley Collection. The collection, created by Max and Betty Stanley of Muscatine, consists of more than 600 African masks, figures, textiles and utilitarian objects representing various ethnic groups from the sub-Saharan region. The significance of the collection has made the UI a center for the study of African art and history.

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PASALA's Ninth Stanley Conference on African Art

"Crosscurrents: Art and Power in Eastern Africa"

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, MARCH 26

UI Museum of Art, Lasansky Gallery
9-9:30 a.m. Welcome: Michael McNulty, associate provost and dean of International Programs.
Opening remarks: PASALA Conference co-chairs William Dewey, asst. prof. UI School of Art and Art History, and Vicki Rovine, curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, UI Museum of Art
9:30-12:30 p.m. "Ancient Crosscurrents: The Archaeology of the Swahili Coast": Chapurukha Kusimba, Department of Anthropology, Field Museum of Natural History; Mark Horton, department of archaeology, University of Bristol; and Abdurahman M. Juma, department of archives, Museum and Antiquities, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Art Building, Room E109
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch.
Screening of the film, "Visions and Dreams": Zachary Kingdon, Sainsbury Research Unit, Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, University of East Anglia.

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, cont.

UI Museum of Art, Lasansky Gallery
1:30-4:30 p.m. "Symbols of Power and healing in Tanzania": Barara Thompson, doctoral candidate, Department of Art and Art History, UI; Nancy Nooter, independent scholar, National Museum, Washington D.C.; Polly Nooter Roberts, scholar affiliate, International Programs, UI; Allen Roberts, Department of Anthropology, UI.

UI Museum of Art
7:30 p.m. Public opening of "Kilengi: African Art from the Bareiss Collection."
--8:00 p.m.: Keynote address, Labelle Prussin, architect and research associate, National Museum of African Art.
--8:45 p.m.: African drum performance by Olabayo Olaniyi, UI graduate student in Art and Art History

SATURDAY, MARCH 27

UI Museum of Art, Lasansky Gallery
9-9:15 a.m. Opening remarks: Christopher Roy, UI professor of Art and Art History and curator of "Kilengi: African Art from the Bareiss Family Collection."
9:15 a.m.-1 p.m. "Performative Crosscurrents in the Swahili Coast": Eileen Moyer, doctoral candidate, Department of Anthropology, UI; Mark Livengood, doctoral candidate, University of California, Los Angeles; Kelly Askew, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University; Ron and Queenea Mulvihill, independent film-makers, Gris-Gris Films.

Art Building, Room E109
1-2 p.m. Lunch.
Screening of "Maangamizi the Ancient One"--Ron and Queenae Mulvihill.

UI Museum of Art, Lasansky Gallery
2-6 p.m. "Contemporary Crosscurrents"--Edward Alpers, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles; Zachary Kingdon; Aimee Bessire, doctoral candidate, Harvard; Sidney Kasfir, Department of Art History, Emory University.

SUNDAY, MARCH 28

Art Building, Room E109
9 a.m. Seventh-annual Graduate Student Symposium on African Art