Seasonal Special Happenings

African Art

When: Thu., Feb. 19 2015

This weekend, the Cleveland Museum of Art unveils its latest exhibition, Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa, showcasing works related to Africa’s Senufo people. To celebrate the opening, the CMA has teamed up with Cleveland State University’s art department for a special lecture examining the Senufo’s secret rituals. In particular, there are many masks related to poro, the secret society of the Senufo, which are meant to be seen by initiated members only. Today at 3:30 p.m., Till Förster (University of Basel, Switzerland) will examine “The Invisible Poro: Walking the Borderline between Visual Culture and Secrecy” in Room 232 of CSU’s Art Campus in the Middough Building. The invisible poro is an act so secretive, even the elders involved in performing the rituals aren’t permitted to see it. Förster’s lecture examines how this restriction creates a particular type of knowledge that separates the visible from the invisible. (Josh Usmani)

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