Curated by professor Joseph Underwood at Kent State, The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives From Senegal features pieces created by African artists since 2010 and focuses on individuals uncovering aspects of their identity as they reflect on everyday life in contemporary Senegal. The exhibit has recently traveled from Dakar, Senegal and will be at Beloit from September 6th to early November. This exhibition was brought to Beloit College by assistant professor Michelle Bumatay. Additionally, associate professor Rachel Ellett and associate director of International Education Josh Moore contributed to the catalog. Admission to the museum and attendance to all the events are free and open to the public.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, September 6th (4-6 pm): Opening Ceremony and gallery talk with curator Dr. Joseph Underwood from Kent State University who will discuss the conception of this exhibition and its presentation in Dakar (Wright Museum Atrium)
Monday, September 17th (7-8 pm): Artist talk featuring Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, a documentary photographer based in New York whose work has been featured in galleries and publications worldwide. She was recently an artist-in-residence at the Waaw Centre for Art and Design in Saint-Louis, Senegal and is currently a member of Kamoinge, a pioneering collective of African American photographers founded in 1963. Barrayn is the founder and co-editor of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. (http://laylahbarrayn.com/) (Wright Museum’s Logan Room)
Tuesday, September 25th (7-8:30 pm): Screening of Manthia Diawara’s Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Léopold Senghor, followed by a panel discussion led by French Professor Michelle Bumatay, Political Science Professor Rachel Ellett, and Art History Professor David Boffa.
Monday, November 5th (12:30-1:30 pm): Students from various classes will present their responses to the exhibition including written responses, artwork, and documentaries (up until Sunday November 11th) (Wright Museum Atrium)