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The Columbia Museum of Art is located in downtown Columbia on the corner of Main and Hampton streets, P.O. Box 2068, Columbia, SC 29202 Museum Information: 803.799.2810

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The Columbia Museum of Art host an exhibition of African art

"Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art."

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the art of the Urhobo, the people of the western fringe of the Niger River Delta in southern Nigeria. Approximately 80 works of art, including photographs, video and audio recordings of cultural performances are included in the exhibition. "Where Gods and Mortals Meet" addresses the effort to preserve culture, religion and art in the face of modernization.

Performance of Water-Spirit MaskPerformance of Water-Spirit Mask
(Opharo Ohworhu)

Unenurhie
Photograph, 1972

This exhibition introduces the spiritual beliefs, social and economic life, and the role that art plays among the Urhobo people. It was organized by the Museum for African Art in Long Island City, N.Y. and the Columbia exhibit was sponsored by Columbia and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

October 15, 2004 - January 16, 2005
Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art
(Lipscomb Family Galleries)

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the art of the Urhobo people of the western fringe of the Niger River Delta in southern Nigeria. Approximately 80 artworks, photographs, video and audio recordings of cultural performances, from yesterday and today are included in this exhibition. Where Gods and Mortals Meet addresses the effort to preserve culture, religion and art in the face of modernization. This exhibition introduces the spiritual beliefs, social and economic life, and the role that art plays among the Urhobo peoples and is organized by the Museum for African Art, Long Island City, NY.

 

Since the 1970s, the petroleum industry has brought worldwide wealth and attention to Nigeria, but tragically it has detracted from broad economic progress as flow stations, flare-offs, drilling platforms and pipelines have proliferated. As rural economies suffered an inevitable decline, the custom of maintaining traditional Urhobo art has experienced a parallel atrophy. The resultant decline in Urhobo culture has prompted a response among many Urhobo who want to celebrate and preserve their traditions for future generations. The Museum for African Art is proud to make a major contribution to this effort through the presentation of Where Gods and Mortals Meet, the first exhibition to showcase Urhobo arts. The exhibition introduces never before seen Urhobo art and footage of cultural performances from yesterday and today.

Where Gods and Mortals Meet includes traditional artworks from the historical period 1850-1975 including monumental wood figures, metal and clay sculpture, masks and costumes with accompanying poetry and song. Also included is a selection of contemporary works by Bruce Onobrakpeya, an Urhobo by birth and one of Africa's foremost artists whose style draws upon historical Urhobo art as its key source of inspiration. Photographs and video footage of extraordinary multi-media masquerades round out the exhbition. The exhibition's artists, scholars and consultants include six Urhobo nationals who are purposefully maintaining their cultural heritage in art, dance, poetry, music, rituals, ceremonies and written scholarship.

Organized by the Museum for African Art, Long Island City, NY. This exhibition is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, finding, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily refect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art is the first exhibition devoted to the art of the Urhobo people who live in the Niger River Delta in southern Nigeria. Over 70 works of  traditional and complementary contemporary artworks are  illustrated throughout essays on Urhobo culture and spiritual beliefs. Field photographs taken by the author over many years of intimate collaboration with the Urhobo are featured throughout. Exhibition catalogue edited by Perkins Foss with Foreword by Peter Ekeh, and contributions by G.G. Darah, Michael Y. Nabofa, Tanure Ojaide, Bruce Onobrakpeya, and John Picton. Published by the Museum for African Art, New York, and Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, Gent, April 2004. 152 pp. Cloth: ISBN 90-5349-506-1. Paper: ISBN 0-945802-36-6. LLCN 2004102120. Retail: Cloth $65.00. paper $40.00.

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Photograph by Perkins Foss, 1971Related Programming for the Exhibition -
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Photograph by Perkins Foss, 1971

This photograph depicts a statue for male aggression (iphri), next to which stands its owner Chief Erhiaganoma Oyovwikefe of Orhokpokpo, Agbarho village-group who holds in his right hand a staff indicating his office as a distinguished elder (opko ononwvorhin).

Perkins Foss, curator and Tanure Ojaide, professor and poet

Perkins Foss has taught the history of art at Dartmouth College and Plymouth State College. He has studied the culture of the Urhobo since the 1960s, first as an ethnographer for the Nigerian Department of Antiquities and subsequently on trips to this region, accumulating a lifetime of scholarship on the Urhobo. He holds two Urhobo chieftancy titles, the first in Orogun and the second in Evwreni.

Tanure Ojaide, professor of African-American and African studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, is a writer and poet. In addition to publishing numerous books of poetry, he has written extensively on African literature, poetry in particular.

Photograph by Perkins Foss, 1972

This photograph depicts a danced performance for a statue for male aggression (iphri) held by the family of Etuke Odjesa, Ogberaka Quarter Edjekota,. In the nineteenth century, many Urhobo village groups constantly struggled over land ownership. Iphri were carried at the forefront of attacking. In subsequent generations, these struggles were commemorated in mock battles, with neighboring families assuming the roles of aggressor and defender.
Bruce_OnabrakpeyaBruce Onobrakpeya (b. 1932)
Agbogidi Shrine, 1972
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