Ancient Traditions – Contemporary Forms
October 1 – October 31, 2004
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Ancient Traditions – Contemporary Forms is an exhibition that explores the theory of atavistic memory. In Memory Lines: Art in the Pan-African World, Nkiru Nzegwu (2000) suggests that “experiences make up history and history is constituted by memories.” Genetically these memories, like cultural DNA, are passed down from generation to generation and serve as a historical roadmap to the rites, rituals and traditions of one’s kinship.
In this exhibit, we employ the artwork of Ghanaian and African American artists to explore and prove this theory. Their paintings and sculptures become the visual language by which the stories of their cultural histories are revealed.