Art & Life in Africa

Black Box Theater, IMU
125 North Madison St., Iowa City

This spring the Black Box Theater will undergo a transformation into a dynamic facility for exploring the arts and lives of diverse African peoples.

UIMA Curator of African and Non-Western Art Catherine Hale, working in partnership with Professor Christopher D. Roy of the School of Art and Art History, has developed both an exhibition and a website that feature content from Professor Roy’s 1997 landmark project, also called Art and Life in Africa (ALA).

Pushing the boundaries of the traditional art exhibition, the new exhibition will coincide with the inauguration of the ALA website and will invite visitors to take an active role in investigating the works on display. While the exhibition will include brief labels and a handout about art objects for those who are not technologically inclined, its most extensive information source will be the ALA website, which will be accessible in the exhibition space via smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Sponsored in part by J. Randolph and Linda Lewis, Richard H. and Mary Jo Stanley, Craig N. and Nancy B. Willis, and multiple donors to the Members Special Exhibition Fund

Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kuba peoples

Mukyeem (mask)

Cloth, shells, beads, fiber, 17 3/4 x 11 x 16 1/2 in.
The Stanley Collection, X1986.372