Noon Talk: Fantastic African Hats: Power, Passage, and Protection

12:15 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Raymond and Laura Wielgus Gallery of the Arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas, Focalpoint, third floor

Clothing is powerful. What we wear communicates who we are, where we are from, and what we believe. Thoughtfully designed by skilled artisans, the objects included in Fantastic African Hats: Power, Passage, and Protection  embody themes that cut across countries and cultures within Africa and beyond. After first introducing the objects and expanding on the importance of these themes, Brittany Sheldon, curatorial assistant for African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian arts, will delve more deeply into several specific items about which she has been conducting more extensive research.