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A Single Bracelet Does Not Jingle: Recent Donations of African Art to the Visual Arts Collection” 

Exhibition on view:

October 10 - December 8, 2017

Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery


Local artist/curator Perdita Ross taught and worked with students in a recent collaborative project “Funky Form: A Collaborative Project Inspired by the African Art Collection” as part of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) Visual Arts ARTalks Series on Wednesday, October 25th. With more than 45 students participating; it was the most-attended ARTalks event to date.

According to Ross, “It was a good workshop, and I thought the students made some really great work from the recycled materials we collected.”

Learning-based projects like Ross’s ARTalk surround the ongoing exhibition entitled A Single Bracelet Does Not Jingle: Recent Donations of African Art to the Visual Arts Collection,” at FAMU’s Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery through December 8th.  Projects, tours and research conducted by and for FAMU students blend in with the exhibition’s theme of community.

Open to the public, the exhibition features the Visual Arts Program’s receipt of 155 works of African art donated by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. Curated by Dr. Courtnay Micots, Assistant Professor of Art History this exhibition incorporates research by students in Micots’s African Art History course and Foster-Tanner Fine Art Gallery interns. The student projects from Ross’s ARTalk are also on display on the lower level of the gallery for everyone to enjoy.

The exhibition features a variety of media, forms and cultures from throughout the continent. Art often serves a social, political or religious role within African communities and these roles will be explained in extensive didactic labels. Exhibition highlights include works from the late 19th to 20th century from Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Contemporary Ghanaian work will also be included, such as colorful textiles, paintings by Kwame Akoto, Fancy Dress masquerade masks, and cutting-edge performance art presented in two videos by Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing effort to showcase its growing collection of African and Diaspora Arts with the Tallahassee community. The gallery gratefully borrowed from departments on campus and other city institutions. The Visual Arts program is self-sustaining and continues to provide exhibitions and programs for students through generous donations.

Gallery hours are Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, excepting holidays. Exhibition group tours given by designated Visual Arts students will be offered by appointment. Donations for tours are requested to offset the cost of the exhibition, to manage the care and maintenance of the collection, and to sponsor future student interaction with the collection through educational programming. Suggested tour donations are $1 per person in the group.

The Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery is located on the campus of Florida A&M University at 1630 Pinder Street in Tallahassee, Florida.  Metered parking for the gallery is available on Wahnish Way between Gamble and Osceola Streets.

For more information, contact us at fostertannergallery@famu.edu or (850) 599-8755.