Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:00pm8:00pm.
North Building - Lower Level
Ticketed with member discount
Call 720-913-0130, or buy online.

Seeing the Proverb, Hearing the Image

The Arts of Ghana with Dan Mato

When looking at an African sculpture, we admire it for its form and aesthetic quality while noting in passing its origins and the few words of description that accompany it. As satisfying as this experience can be, it is only a partial understanding of the work in that the object may be simply the visual projection of a larger complex of verbal narratives incorporating oratory and symbolic gestures and the quoting of traditional proverbs.

Drawing upon the arts of the Asante and his fieldwork in Ghana, Dr. Daniel Mato's talk will illustrate the importance of understanding the interconnections of the different art forms within traditional African societies to be able to fully know and understand the object and the context within which it lives.

Attempting to understand and document this complex relationship of word and image formed the subject of his research for more than 40 years and it continues to intrigue him to the present.

Mato's discussion will illustrate how this verbal/visual intersection shows itself through sculptured figures, symbolically stamped cloths, gestures, and the proverbs and sayings that shape them among the Asante people of Ghana.

Free for students, $5 FoNA members, $10 DAM members, $12 others.

For more information, contact jstrunk@denverartmuseum.org or 720-913-0162.