African art display

Student-Curated “Leadership Arts in Africa” Now on Display in CWAM

Exhibition explores the various ways the traditional arts of west and central Africa express power

25 April, 2017 by Hugh Howard

WOOSTER, Ohio – “Leadership Arts in Africa,” a student-curated exhibition, will be on display at The College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM) for the remainder of the spring semester (April 25-May 14), following this Tuesday’s opening reception from 6:30-8 p.m. The CWAM is located in Ebert Art Center (1220 Beall Ave.).

The exhibition, in conjunction with regular coursework in an African Art class, taught by Kara Morrow, assistant professor of art history, explores the various ways the traditional arts of west and central Africa express power. More than 30 pieces are on display ranging from imagery associated with kings and chiefs to mythical heroes and community structures.

Student curators selected the objects from CWAM’s permanent collection early in the semester, then studied them by collecting scholarly bibliography, writing multiple forms of analysis, and eventually constructing text panels that are part of the exhibition. The students will present brief gallery talks about their subjects during the reception.

Works on display include various mediums, such as textiles, wooden sculptures, terracotta (fired clay), and brass, and come from a number of countries including Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana.

“This is one of the great opportunities that Wooster specializes in, an opportunity for experiential learning,” said Morrow. “Students work one-on-one with an object … and take responsibility to teach their peers and the community how to understand that object. It is experiential learning at its best.”

The CWAM, which supports the College’s goals of teaching, research, and global engagement, is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit the CWAM’s website, which includes a catalogue of the student’s research.