This Thursday, September 19th, the Gregg Museum opens the first of its fall exhibitions, Measure of Earth: Textiles and Territory in West Africa. There will be a reception from 6-8 pm at the African American Cultural Center Gallery, 2nd floor of Witherspoon Student Center.
Drawing primarily from the rich holdings of African materials in the Gregg Museum’s permanent collections, MEASURE OF EARTH explores the intricate relationships and meanings behind the patterns and imagery of West African textiles. The exhibition title refers to how African art not only serves to form visual links between local traditions and specific features and places in the landscape, but also to the geometric patterning that yields vivid visual energy to the textiles, artifacts and clothing that people wear. The word “geometry” derives from Latin words for “earth” and “measuring.”
This exhibition will last from September 19-December 18, 2013.