The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, May 27, 2018

Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal
Male figure (edjo rakare)Wood, pigment. H. 140 cm. Private Collection.

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA.- The Columbia Museum of Art presents Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art, through January 16, 2005. This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the art of the Urhobo people of the western fringe of the Niger River Delta in southern Nigeria. Approximately 80 artworks, photographs, video and audio recordings of cultural performances, from yesterday and today are included in this exhibition. Where Gods and Mortals Meet addresses the effort to preserve culture, religion and art in the face of modernization. This exhibition introduces the spiritual beliefs, social and economic life, and the role that art plays among the Urhobo peoples and is organized by the Museum for African Art, Long Island City, NY.

Since the 1970s, the petroleum industry has brought worldwide wealth and attention to Nigeria, but tragically it has detracted from broad economic progress as flow stations, flare-offs, drilling platforms and pipelines have proliferated. As rural economies suffered an inevitable decline, the custom of maintaining traditional Urhobo art has experienced a parallel atrophy. The resultant decline in Urhobo culture has prompted a response among many Urhobo who want to celebrate and preserve their traditions for future generations. The Museum for African Art is proud to make a major contribution to this effort through the presentation of Where Gods and Mortals Meet, the first exhibition to showcase Urhobo arts. The exhibition introduces never before seen Urhobo art and footage of cultural performances from yesterday and today.

Where Gods and Mortals Meet includes traditional artworks from the historical period 1850-1975 including monumental wood figures, metal and clay sculpture, masks and costumes with accompanying poetry and song. Also included is a selection of contemporary works by Bruce Onobrakpeya, an Urhobo by birth and one of Africa's foremost artists whose style draws upon historical Urhobo art as its key source of inspiration. Photographs and video footage of extraordinary multi-media masquerades round out the exhbition. The exhibition's artists, scholars and consultants include six Urhobo nationals who are purposefully maintaining their cultural heritage in art, dance, poetry, music, rituals, ceremonies and written scholarship.

Organized by the Museum for African Art, Long Island City, NY. This exhibition is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, finding, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Today's News

October 17, 2004

"Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!": The Bruyas Collection

El Greco Painting Exhibited in Poland

Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures Opens

Contemporary Art Sale at Sotheby's

Queen of Sheba Opens at Bowers Museum

Dahomey 1967: Photographs by Irving Penn

Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal

Former President of Shanghai Museum, Ma Chengyuan, 77, Dies

The Artist's Reality Philosophies of Art: Mark Rothko

Major New W ork by Bruce Nauman Acquired by Tate

Toledo Museum of Art Realigns Organizational Structure

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful