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African Costume Exhibit Opens Feb. 8 At U.Va. Art Museum Lecture By Artist, Julie Umukoro March 4

February 8, 2002-- WHAT: Exhibition - "African Dress Ensembles: Trends Today!"
WHEN:
Friday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, April 7
WHERE:
U.Va. Art Museum

WHO:
Julie Umukoro
WHAT:
Talk - "Costumes and the Dynamics of Power: Perspectives on Symbolism in African Royal Regalia and Ritual Costumes"
WHEN:
Monday, March 4, 5 p.m.
WHERE:
U.Va Art Museum

On Friday, Feb. 8, the University of Virginia Art Museum will open the special exhibition African Dress Ensembles: Trends Today! Organized by the artist and scholar Julie Umukoro, with the assistance of Aviva Viebahn, a graduate student assistant at the museum, the exhibition presents contemporary African dress. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, April 7.

A highlight of the exhibition will be Umukoro’s talk on March 4 at 5 p.m. entitled "Costume and the Dynamics of Power: Perspectives of Symbolism in African Royal Regalia and Ritual Costumes." The exhibition and lecture are co-sponsored by the Carter Woodson Institute of Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Umukoro also has ectured at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She is currently a visiting Fulbright Scholar affiliated with the Carter G. Woodson Institute.

The exhibition will focus on contemporary African clothing and the incorporation of both native and Western elements into its design, pattern and fabric. On the day of Umukoro's talk there will be a more extensive repertoire of costumes, as well as students modeling some of the clothes.

The lecture will be followed by a reception. Both events are open to the public.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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