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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

From the Grove to the Gallery: A Personal Journey with African ArtFrom the Grove to the Gallery: A Personal Journey with African Art

Nii Quarcoopome

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This illustrated lecture explores the power of African art through the prism of speaker Nii Quarcoopome’s personal experience. It offers insights into the language of African art by examining its materials, imagery, and symbolic functions. He will also share his changing perspectives about African art over time, from my childhood in Africa to his current role as an American museum professional, to the challenges posed by modernity, globalization, and the ongoing debate about restitution of African artifacts.

Dr. Nii Quarcoopome holds a doctorate in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2002 as Curator of African Art and department head for Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous Americas. He has directed and contributed to successful African gallery reinstallations at several major museums and boasts the American Association of Museums’ highest honors for his 2010 groundbreaking exhibition Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500-Present.

This is the last of a six-lecture series. The next series will start April 16, 2020. The subject is: Money,Trade and Power – What Makes the World go ‘Round.
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  • $10 for an individual lecture. Payable at the door. Checks preferred. $35 for the entire series of 6 lectures.
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