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1/12/2007 - 4/15/2007
Organizing institution: The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
The faces and figures of women are universal in the traditional arts of sub-Saharan Africa. Whether they represent spiritual beings or human ancestors, images of women are found everywhere both on ritual objects and items of everyday use. This exhibition, curated by Ben Ray, professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, offers a wide-ranging look at the variety of sub-Saharan artistic expressions of the feminine in both naturalistic and strikingly abstract forms. Drawn from the museum's collection of African art, the exhibition, consisting of about 25 objects and sponsored by Art$, will be the cornerstone of Ben Ray's spring semester course on African art.