These two exhibitions featuring portraits by FranÃ§ois Deschamps and well-known Malian photographers Malick SidibÃ© and Seydou KeÃ¯ta amongst many others provide a fascinating glimpse of the rich photographic tradition in the West African nation of Mali. Photo-Rapide features photographs by Deschamps made in collaboration with his Malian sitters. "Malian Portrait Photography" showcases historic and contemporary Malian portraits by SidibÃ© and KeÃ¯ta.
Like all museums, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art depends on the generosity of others when it comes to expanding its permanent collection. This exhibition focuses on a representative selection of both two-and three-dimensional artworks created by artists from around the world which have come into the museum's collection from 2008 through 2012. A short list of artists includes W. Eugene Smith, Andy Warhol, Richard Hunt, Dorothy Dehner, Harold Edgerton, Mary Frank and Utagawa Hiroshige.
West African Film Series
Kick-off of a West African bi-weekly film series in conjunction with the exhibitions "Photo-Rapide: Francois Deschamps" and "Malian Portrait Photography." Manthia Diawara, Professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies at NYU presents his film, "Bamako Sigi-Kan." Set in Bamako, capital of Mali, this unconventional documentary tells the story of the return of the director to his hometown to see how his childhood friends are coping with globalization. Full of nostalgia, he has also brought along an African American photographer friend, for whom he plays the role of a tour guide. Together, they are confronted with the everyday reality of the city, and the changes brought on by structural adjustment and other World Bank policies. The director is surprised to find that his childhood buddies have different, and often contradictory, views on globalization.
"Art for a New Consciousness, Art for a New Humanity" lecture by Dr. Kamran Khavarani
Dr. Khavarani has established a national/international reputation as a humanitarian and a renowned artist. PBS has since Thanksgiving Day been running a major nationwide fundraising campaign with his donations of one of his reproductions and a coffee-table book dedicated entirely to his paintings--The Birth of Abstract Romanticism, Art for a New Consciousness, Art for a New Humanity. Late Professor Albert Boime of UCLA, the foremost internationally recognized art historian of our time and the author of this book (the last of his 26 books), perceived Khavarani's art a movement--a "one-person-movement." In conclusion of his book, Boime noted "It remains to be seen how the fallout from Khavarani's paintings will influence the history of art." 6 p.m. Refreshments and meet the artist 7 p.m. Lecture 8 p.m. Q&A Weather date: Feb. 21 To request an American Sign Language interpreter please call (845) 257-3520.