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2/1/1997 - 7/27/1997
Organizing institution: The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
The representation of animals has always been an integral element in African artistic expression. In Sub-Sahara Africa, certain animals are regarded as having moral qualities and spiritual powers. These animals both protect and harm the human community and represent important social values. They figure prominently in traditional proverbs and artistic imagery as fearsome creatures and as protective creatures.
The exhibition of objects drawn from the collections of the Bayly Art Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Hampton University Museum explores many facets of animals portrayed in a wide range of media, including sculptures, masks, textiles, and ceremonial and household objects.
Organized by Benjamin Ray, adjunct curator of African art at the Bayly and professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, the exhibition and programming have been funded with support from the ARTS$ program at the University.