Exhibition preview and gallery walkthrough with Karen Milbourne, Curator of Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa. Art workshop facilitated by Corrie Siegel.
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa is the first major exhibition to examine the conceptually complex and visually rich relationship between African artists and the land upon which they live. The exhibition features more than one hundred exceptional works of art from the 19th–21st centuries, including examples by many internationally recognized and emerging contemporary artists from the continent and its diasporas—all of whom draw on the land for inspiration. Earth Matters examines the most poignant relationships that Africans have with the land, as a sacred or medicinal material, as the site of mining and burial, as a source of inspiration, and as an environment in need of protection. This teacher walkthrough with curator Karen Milbourne explores the multilayered and interdisciplinary connections teachers may draw from the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa. Teachers will have an opportunity to discuss connecting themes within their classroom while engaging in a hands on clay workshop that explores earth as material and inspiration with Corrie Siegel, Education Manager at the Fowler Museum.
During this special Earth Day opening event, Earth Matters curator Karen Milbourne from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art gives an exhibition overview and shares how many of the contemporary artists became connected to the project, and each other, in ways that extend beyond the gallery walls.
Seating is first-come, first served, with priority seating for members at 6:45 pm. Not a member? Join now!
Come early to preview the exhibition and enjoy a pre-lecture reception from 5:30-7 pm. RSVP for the reception today: 310 206-7001.
Across the African continent, artists have found inspiration in the earth’s soils, pigments, plants, and stones. For this opening day gallery talk, UCLA World Arts and Cultures Professor Allen F. Roberts visits Earth Matters to explore how these materials express cultural identity and provide connections to earlier generations, present needs, and future aspirations.
After the talk, join us for light refreshments and cool beverages in our David Courtyard from 1–3 pm.
Presented in conjunction with UCLA’s 10th Earth Day Fair, organized by E3 and UCLA Sustainability.