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
A highlight of the exhibition
will be Umukoros 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