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Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture

February 25, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us at Holy Names University in the beautiful Oakland Hills for an illustrated lecture by Christina Hellmich (Curator in Charge of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the de Young Museum in San Francisco) about an exciting new exhibition at the de Young Museum of San Francisco.

Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture features 120 pieces from the collection of Richard H. Scheller, composed of classic and iconic sculptures as well as more unusual examples that challenge commonly held assumptions about African art. The geographical breadth of the collection and the variations in its depictions of the human form will allow viewers to explore both the histories and the formal qualities of these works of art. Approximately 110 cultural groups are represented by sculptures spanning several centuries and encompassing a broad range of styles, from realism to abstraction. In their original contexts, these objects represented ancestors, expressed community values, and served religious and ceremonial purposes. For example, Luluwa artists carved bwimpe (power figures) that expressed ideals of beauty as a moral virtue through their highly intricate coiffures and stylized scarification marks, and rituals associated with these sculptures offered protection to women and their children. (Source: de Young Museum website)

* 6:00-7:15 PM  Lecture and Q&A
* 7:15-8:00 PM  Reception

This Spring 2015 APPSI Speaker Series event is presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) in partnership with the CORE Program in Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC). We would like to thank our co-sponsor Holy Names University Alumni Relations.



February 25, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute


Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619 United States
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