CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
NOTE TO EDITORS
'Renewing Tradition: The Revitalization of Bogolan
in Mali and Abroad'
The major spring exhibition of the University of Iowa
Museum of Art, "Renewing Tradition: The Revitalization of Bogolan in Mali
and Abroad," will open with a public reception, to be held 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 24 in the museum.
To assist you with coverage of this event, the museum
will host a media preview of the exhibition, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday,
March 21 in the Museum of Art. The exhibition will be open to reporters
and available for still and video photography; Victoria Rovine, organizer
of "Renewing Tradition" and Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the
Americas at the Museum of Art, will be available to answer questions; and
a lunch will be provided for reporters. Howard Collinson, the new director
of the Museum of Art, will also be available for interviews during the preview.
A complete press packet, including a detailed press
release and photos of the exhibition, will be available at the media preview,
and press releases will be sent to our usual distribution list that day. However,
if you need a copy of the release sooner in order to prepare article to appear
at the time of the opening, we will be happy to provide advance copies. Please
contact Peter Alexander at (319) 384-0072 or firstname.lastname@example.org to
request advance copies of the material.
If you would like to preview the exhibition but cannot
attend the scheduled event, please contact us and we will try to arrange a
separate appointment for you.
We expect that the exhibition, focusing on bogolan,
or African mudcloth, and its many American adaptations, will be of considerable
interest to a diverse public. It will provide visitors with an opportunity
to enhance their understanding of contemporary African art, its growth and
its international influence. Although the term bogolan is unfamiliar, many
Americans will find the bogolan designs exceedingly familiar, as they have
gradually entered American markets over the last 10 years. Few people, however,
are aware of the textile's origin, role, and rich history in the lives of
The exhibition will feature more than 60 pieces, including
bogolan paintings, garments, and cloth adapted to the tourist art market,
along with photographs and labels explaining the cloth's production.