Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture: Dr. Henry J. Drewal, “Come to your Senses! Understanding Arts Everywhere…and the Arts of Yoruba People in Particular”

Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/13/2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Nancy Nicholas Hall

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Image: Dr. Henry Drewal dances with Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, at its African Art Awards event in October 2018.

Image: Dr. Henry Drewal dances with Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, at its African Art Awards event in October 2018.

This presentation invites the audience to come to its “sense-abilities” in its engagements with the arts. People feel and think with their “body-mind,” an idea whose universal relevance Dr. Drewal explores by way of the arts of the Yoruba in West Africa. The lecture will be preceded by an opening performance by an Egungun ensemble and followed by a reception featuring music by the Afro-Peruvian group Golpe Tierra and West African cuisine from Les Délices de Awa.

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About Henry Drewal

Since 1991, Dr. Henry John Drewal has been the Evjue-Bascom Professor of Art History and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He researches and teaches about African and African Diasporic arts and culture, as well as African-American arts, with a particular specialty in the arts of the Yoruba-speaking peoples of West Africa and the African Diasporas. Over the years, his work has earned him the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, several NEH/NEA grants, two Fulbright fellowships (Brazil and Benin), and a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship. He is the founding member of the African Studies Association’s Arts Council and has curated many exhibits across the U.S. and internationally, including the Chazen Museum’s permanent gallery of African art that opened in 2012. He co-authored and edited award-winning publications including Beads, Body, and Soul: Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe (1998) and Sacred Waters: Arts for Mami Wata and Other Water Divinities in Africa and the Diaspora (2008).

About the Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture

Since 1992, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection has proudly sponsored an annual lecture series in honor of Ruth Ketterer Harris, the Collection’s first curator. The lecture series has featured a diverse range of specialists with broad public appeal including textile historians, contemporary artists, museum curators, scholars, and collectors―all of whom have contributed to an enhanced understanding and appreciation of textiles. The Harris Lecture is free and open to the public. Sign up for HLATC’s email list to receive announcements for this and other opportunities.

About the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is primarily a teaching collection serving the Design Studies department and other academic disciplines on campus, including the Material Culture program. Students and scholars use the collection of more than 13,000 artifacts to learn about textiles from both cultural and artistic perspectives. Beginning in January 2019, portions of the collection will be on view year-round in the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery. Selected pieces will also be on display in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery.

Contact for questions about the event: Liese Pfeifer, pfeifer@wisc.edu, 608-262-3623

Location: Nancy Nicholas Hall, Room 2235