Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lectures, Co-Sponsored by History Department, Presented at NOMA’s ‘Kongo Across the Waters’ Exhibition

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Kongo Across the Waters’ Exhibition

Friday, May 12,
New Orleans Museum of Art

On Friday, May 12, the New Orleans Museum of Art's "Kongo Across the Waters" exhibition gears up for its final week with two talks exploring the history and politics behind the creation of African art collections and museums. The event, part of the "Friday Nights at NOMA" series, begins at 5:00 p.m. with music by the acclaimed Mardi Gras Indian funk band Cha Wa.

At 6:00 p.m., Matthew Stanard will discuss "Belgians across the Kongo: Collecting, Curators, and Colonialism at the Tervuren Museum.” Stanard is associate professor of history at Berry College in northwest Georgia. His published works include Selling the Congo: A History of European Pro-Empire Propaganda and the Making of Belgian Imperialism.

He will be followed by Sarah Van Beurden, who will discuss "Mobutu's Museum: Post-Colonial Cultural Politics in Congo/Zaire." Van Beurden is an assistant professor at the Ohio State University. Her work has appeared in History and Anthropology, African Arts and the Journal of African History. Her book Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture will be published by Ohio University Press in the fall.

The lectures, co-sponsored by the UNO Department of History as part of the Carl Muckley bequest, are part of the final two weeks of programming associated with the "Kongo Across the Waters" exhibit, organized by the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium and the University of Florida's Harn Museum of Art.

A talk by Boston University historian John Thornton will conclude the lecture series on May 22. The exhibition closes May 24.