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New Acquisition at the Virginia Museum of fine arts
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BY CLARKE BUSTARD TIMES-DISPATCH Jul 18, 2004
VUU's exhibit of African art 'a bridge to the community'
BY NICOLE MCMULLIN
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Saturday, March 20, 2004
From an ornately carved Chi Wara headdress from Mali, to a finely woven shield from Zaire, the new Virginia Union University Museum is reaching out to the community.
The museum's assembly of art from Africa and New Guinea represents the ceremonial, decorative and spiritual contributions of ancient cultures.
"They have a spirit," Judy Little, an associate professor of fine arts at Virginia Union, said of the carved, crafted and pigment-painted pieces. "Everyone is going to see something different."
Housed in three rooms inside the Wilder Library on the university's Lombardy Street campus, the museum hosted a gala opening on March 11 for alumni, friends, trustees and the Richmond art community.
The collection, made up mostly of African art from the 19th and 20th centuries, was donated by the Sellman and Kriegman families between 1990 and 1992, but it also features a number of pieces from New Guinea.
"I hope the museum's visitors take away an interest in African art and pursue more knowledge about the exhibit," Little said between discussing with patrons the collection's transition from a small room in White Hall to the new gallery space. "I hope they visit more museums and take an interest in Virginia Union.
"I hope they remember that we have something good."
Contact Nicole McMullin at (804) 649-6513 or nmcmullin*timesdispatch.com
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