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Catherine Hale on Exhibiting Africa

Venue: Encina Hall West, Room 219, 417 Galvez Mall.

Host: Center for African Studies

Speaker: Catherine Hale, Phyllis Wattis Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University. Previously, she was Curator of African and Non-Western Art at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, and has also curated exhibitions of African art for the Carleton University Art Gallery and Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University. One of her most recent projects is the Art & Life in Africa website and related exhibition (2014), which she developed in collaboration with Prof. Christopher D. Roy. Hale’s research focuses on the arts of the Asante peoples of Ghana, West Africa. In Spring 2016, she will teach an Anatomy of an Exhibition course (ARTHIST 278) that integrates Stanford faculty and students in the reinstallation of the Cantor’s African galleries.

Description: Strategies for exhibiting African art in museums around the world continue to be the subject of passionate debate. Hale will consider the African exhibition history at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford relative to larger global issues and trends. She will identify key questions at stake in the upcoming reinstallation of the African galleries at the Cantor and introduce the collaborative curatorial vision for the project, which seeks the participation of Stanford students and Faculty.