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July 2021

Beads of Distinction: Yoruba Royal Caps from the Collection of Rhonda Morgan Wilkerson

July 14 - December 26
Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

The Yoruba peoples of southwestern Nigeria and adjacent regions have developed a rich and vibrant tradition of beadwork designs, especially after the introduction of glass beads through European trade from the late eighteenth century. The small, brilliantly colored beads were often used to decorate the regalia that denotes and celebrates the powers of the ruler (oba). This included headgear for non-ritual, minor occasions and daily wear, such as the five beaded caps in this installation, dating from the late nineteenth…

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October 2021

Business in Africa Series

October 1 at 12:00 am - October 31 at 12:00 am

The 2nd Business in Africa Series will feature a spotlight on South Africa, and will be held throughout the month of October. More information can be found here.

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In Dialogue: Vanessa Tembane and Professor Tanya Shields

October 28 at 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

As part of the online exhibition, Existing in the Shadow, South African artist Vanessa Tembane will engage in a zoom conversation with UNC Professor Tanya Shields (Women’s and Gender Studies) to discuss her work. Please register for the talk. Vanessa Tembane is a South African-born artist of Mozambican heritage. Existing in the Shadow integrates collage processes with print-making techniques to address the artist’s sensations of loss of her Mozambican family after her mother’s migration to South Africa. The collaged images merge childhood…

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November 2021

Africa Fest Community Event

November 13 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The African Studies Center in collaboration with campus and community partners plans to hold Africa Fest, a celebration of African culture, art and history. This family event, the first of its kind on campus, will take place on Saturday, November 13, starting at 12 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education Center (301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, 27516). The event will also be live streamed on YouTube. Africa Fest 2021 offers our community an immersive opportunity to engage with the rich contemporary cultures…

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