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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 28, 2014) – UCM ’s Arthur F. McClure Archives and University Museum will host “Masquerade,” an exhibit of traditional western and central African art from the collection of Brian and Kristi Nickl, Lee’s Summit.
The exhibit will open to the public and through the end of February.
The majority f the items on display are carved from wood with decorative applications and were utilized by African societies to honor their ancestors by re-enacting the origins of their cultures. Many of the works in the display also were known to serve a religious or educational function that was symbolic to the social order of the tribe.
Brian and Kristi Nickl have collected various forms of African art for more than 20 years. The collection is based on a belief in the importance of understanding African forms as a communicative expression, as well as historic identity of diverse cultures.
“Conceivably, one of the greatest things we can achieve from the Masquerade Tribal Arts Exhibition is the knowledge and understanding of cultures contrary to our own,” Nickl said.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Arthur F. McClure Archives and Museum, located in James C. Kirkpatrick Library 1470, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday when university classes are in session. For more information, contact the archives and museum at 660-543-4649.