What’s that Hanging in the Library? The Ecology in African Art Exhibit!

KU history professor Dr. Christine Saidi has collected fantastic stuff on her many research adventures in Africa, and now we are happy to announce that some of her artifacts are suspended overhead in our lobby at the Rohrbach Library.

DrSaidiExhibitDr. Saidi’s has loaned us 36 handcrafted artifacts and gadgets to display at the Rohrbach Library this semester. The exhibit is called, “Ecology In African Art: Traditional and Modern.” It features elaborate toys of twisted wire, a mobile made of discarded beach sandals, plus bags and baskets woven from raffia and sisal in Central Africa. She has been researching the historical linguistics, ethnography, and archival study of African societies for decades, and she and a few others are actually toppling the paradigm historians have long used to explain women’s roles those societies. But aside from these pieces coming from her research area, she loves delightful art. We hope you can stop by and look at these pieces, which are located on the first floor near the library entrance.

If you can’t make it here in person, we have posted some pictures of the items on Dropbox. The handmade toys are especially mind-blowing. Some of them are pull toys with wild moving parts.054

If you have any questions about Dr. Saidi’s exhibit, you may contact her at: saidi@kutztown.edu. We will also be hosting Dr. Saidi for a talk about her adventures and her collection this semester. Stay tuned for details about that or contact the Library’s Voices & Choices team at: vcc@kutztown.edu.


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