Contemporary African Art debuts at Hearst

The Hearst Art Gallery is pleased to call attention to the contemporary visual arts renaissance in Nigeria with the West Coast debut of "Women to Women: Weaving Cultures, Shaping History," opening Sept. 8. The exhibition features metal and wood sculpture, paintings and textiles by Sokari Camp, Ndidi Dike, Marcia Kure and Iyabo Abiola.

A public reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 9, from 2 until 4 p.m. "Weaving Cultures, Shaping History" closes October 14.

According to exhibition curator, Dr. dele jegede, professor of art history at Indiana State University, "today, contemporary Africa is vibrant, complex, varied and fascinating. A bridge is being built, one that will allow viewers to appreciate African artists on their own terms."

Elaborate metal sculptures by Sokari Camp are inspired by ceremonial masks and figures and call attention to environmental and social ills in her homeland. Ndidi Dike's work incorporates lyrical, curvilinear designs traditionally used by women to decorate their homes, shrines and bodies in her boldly painted, assembled wood pieces. Marcia Kure's drawings and paintings are characterized by sweeping strokes with small, delicately drawn motifs. Fabric artist Iyabo Abiola transforms traditional Yoruba aso oke cloth, known for its vibrant colors and intricately woven designs, into highly prized contemporary fashions. The four artists have exhibited widely in Nigeria, London and Tokyo. Sokari Camp has been in a group exhibition at the Smithsonian's Museum of African Art. Her sculpture is in their permanent collection.

The exhibition was originated by Indiana State University. This is its only West Coast venue. Call 925.631-4379 for details on an exhibition lecture by guest curator Dr. dele jegede, Sunday, Oct. 28, time to be announced, Soda Activity Center.

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