EXH: Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity @ Fitchburg Art Museum

AKWAABA!  means welcome — and the Fitchburg Art Museum welcomes you to the opening celebration of the exhibit Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity on April 15, 2012. The exhibit is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and this version of the exhibit by the Fowler at UCLA.

Massachusetts boasts a large Ghanaian community, in the thousands, and our honorary chair is Nana Yaw Ampong II, Wabiri Asonahene of Breman Asikuma (currently resident in Westminster, MA). Opening festivities include an Afternoon Dance Party hosted by Gordon Halm of Lowell with cultural performances from traditional to contemporary, an African market, a weaving demonstration by Edward Brempong (currently resident in Worcester) and an “Africa Today” Forum featuring Ambassador Thomas Hull (Sierra Leone 2004-2007) as keynote speaker along with other distinguished guests.

On April 29, Professor Emeritus (University of Calgary) Daniel Mato
will give a lecture “Woven Words” on the symbolism of Kente and other Akan art forms followed by
a performance of traditional drumming and dance by Nani Agbeli and the
Agbekor Ensemble (associated with Tufts University).

On May 13, we will be having an African fashion show and family activities day.

Please share this information with friends, and please join us.  The exhibit will run through June 3.
The Fitchburg Art Museum is open from 12-4 Wednesday-Friday, 11-5 Saturday and Sunday.
On the first Thursday of each month we are open until 8pm and admission is free after 4:00.



Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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