WorldCanvass @ MERGE "Art & The Afterlife"

  • 5:30 PM–7:00 PM

136 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City

UI International Programs - WorldCanvass

Abebuu adekai (receptacles of proverbs), known worldwide as fantasy coffins, are sarcophagi created and used primarily by Ga people in southern Ghana. In this program, guest speakers will discuss the objects among funerary, artistic (including the market, fashion, and design), and mass media contexts in and beyond Africa. Through examples of Anang's work recently commissioned by the UIMA (and other visual aids), speakers will aim to enrich our understanding of global developments surrounding this African art form today.

The event is free and open to the public. A catered reception will be held prior to the event from 5:00–5:30 pm.

Panel participants will include:

  •  Eric Adjetey Anang, artist
  •  Dr. Silvia Forni, curator of anthropology (African arts and cultures), Royal Ontario Museum
  •  Dr. Christopher D. Roy, professor of art history, University of Iowa
  •  Isabel Barbuzza, associate professor of dimensional practice, University of Iowa
  •  Cory Gundlach, curator of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, University of Iowa of Art

This WorldCanvass event complements Art & the Afterlife: Fantasy Coffins by Eric Adjetey Anang, on view through December 10, 2017 in the Black Box Theater, IMU

If you weren't able to join us on December 7, you may enjoy an audio podcast of the discussion and view the slide presentations here:

Cost: Free


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in a program, please contact the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art in advance at 335-1727.