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African Art Exhibit Opening “Forms and Motifs in African Art: Works from the Avery Research Center’s John R. Dupree Collection”

February 24, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the College of Charleston Friends of the Library, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, and the Race and Social Justice Initiative for an opening reception of “Forms and Motifs in African Art: Works from the Avery Research Center’s John R. Dupree Collection” African art exhibit.

John R. Dupree African art collection features masks, ivory, wooden statuary, copper plaques and paintings created by African artists in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Avery Research Center’s collection of African artifacts spans two centuries and originates from various African countries.

Joining the collections of Catherine and James Yatsco, Joseph A. Towels, Paul Craven, and Muriel and Marcus Zbar (to name a few), the John R. Dupree collection increases Avery’s value to scholars and artists studying African and Lowcountry retentions, wood/ebony/ivory carvings, rituals, and twentieth century artwork.

The Dupree Collection broadens/enhances the liberal arts experience for students, which is invaluable as more and more students pursue study abroad opportunities while matriculating at the College of Charleston.

It also affords scholars and the public an opportunity to study and marvel at the strength and beauty of African art and artifacts while acknowledging the creative genius and agency of Africans, as it relates to artistic production.

Additionally, the collection significantly enhances Avery’s holdings in African artifacts in quantity—being well over 100 original pieces—and supports the Center’s mission of preserving African American heritage and making it accessible to the broader public.

The opening reception will feature remarks from Dr. Sam Livingston, director of African American Studies at Morehouse College and a chance to view material that will not be on display throughout the duration of the exhibit. This event is free and open to the public, however RSVP is recommended.


February 24, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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