Sweet Briar displays ‘Modern Reflections on African Society’

| April 11, 2012

“Modern Reflections on African Society,” an installation of African Art, will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Babcock Gallery at Sweet Briar College.

The exhibition is presented by Professor Cathy Gutierrez’s “Religions of Africa” class and will be on view until May 4.

Junior McKinsey Skeens is one of the students who organized the event.

“I’m extremely excited about the exhibit as a whole, as I think it’s a really wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate the connection of traditional African religions and culture on a more modern and contemporary front,” she said.

The installation features a variety of disciplines, from photography and poetry to replicas of traditional African artifacts. Skeens, who double-majors in religion and creative writing, says Gutierrez’s interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to teaching African religions has enhanced her understanding of the subject.

“Doing this exhibit has … really added a layer of depth to my religion degree …  particularly since I do not have a background in arts management or art history,” she said.

“It’s been a fantastic learning tool, in … that we are able to learn about the material in a classroom setting, and then apply that to create an exhibit that will educate and relay that same knowledge to the Sweet Briar community in a more tangible fashion.”

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call (434) 381-6248 or email [email protected].


Contact: Janika Carey

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