by Jenny Gerow
relationship between fashion and power will be explored in
an exhibit and talk by visiting artist and scholar Julie Umukoro.
African clothing, past and present
Against the backdrop of her exhibit
on contemporary African clothing, artist and scholar Julie Umukoro
will speak about Costumes and the Dynamics of Power
March 4 at 5 p.m. in the University
and raised in Nigeria, Umukoro is on the faculty of the University
of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is currently a visiting Fulbright Scholar
affiliated with the Carter G. Woodson Institute.
exhibition, organized by Umukoro with help from Aviva Dove-Viebahn,
a graduate student assistant at the museum, focuses on contemporary
African clothing and the incorporation of both native and Western
elements into its design, pattern and fabric. Called African
Dress Ensembles: Trends Today! the exhibit will be on display
through April 7.
the day of Umukoros talk, which will be followed by a reception,
there will be a more extensive repertoire of costumes, as well
as students modeling some of the clothes. In her lecture, Umukoro
will look at symbolism in African royal regalia and ritual costumes.