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[BKARTS] SoCal APHA Exhibit Tour



An invitation to our second event of 2008 --

APHA Southern California Chapter
Exhibition tour of Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Friday, February 8, 2008 at 2:30 p.m.


Please join us for a walk-through of Inscribing Meaning, which will be led by Polly Nooter Roberts, co-curator of the exhibition and deputy director and chief curator of the Fowler Museum. Writing systems have flourished in Africa for thousands of years and have contributed significantly to the global history of writing, yet they have received little attention outside the continent. Inscribing Meaning brings together outstanding works of art from a range of periods, regions, genres, and peoples in order to consider the interplay between African art and the communicative power of graphic systems, language, and the written word. Artworks include ancient Egyptian funerary arts; masks, sculptures, textiles, and adornment from across the continent; illuminated liturgical texts; and the work of contemporary African artists. Explains Polly Roberts, “the intellectual complexity, artistic beauty, and historical uses of African scripts demand a wider, more inclusive definition of writing. Writing has, for the most part, been limited to phonetic alphabets, despite the great diversity and cultural richness of inscription systems worldwide.” (From the Fowler's website)

Please meet us at 2:30 p.m. in the Museum's Galleria, just outside the entrance to the gallery for Inscribing Meaning. The tour will last about one hour. The museum is open from 12-5 p.m., so you are welcome to visit the other exhibitions before or after the tour. The Fowler Museum is located on the UCLA campus. Please visit the Fowler website (http://www.fowler.ucla.edu) for more information on the exhibition as well as directions and parking details. Admission to the museum is free; parking on campus is a maximum of $8.

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