West African masks to be displayed in Sierra College gallery

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The Sierra College Ridley Gallery presents “In Context: West African Masks,” March 4 through April 4 at 5000 Rocklin Road.

This show will share iconic examples of masks from West African cultural groups, including the Dogon, Yoruba and Bamana tribes of Nigeria and Mali. This exhibition specifically addresses the challenges of interpretation in a post-colonial world. Beyond simple sculptures, these pieces were produced to take part in vital rituals also including music, dance and costume. With an eye toward attempting to restore these objects with their cultural context, how these objects are viewed by Western audiences will also be addressed. The collection is courtesy of Jim Albertson and Julia Stagg.

A supplemental video screening and discussion will be held from 2-4 p.m. March 11 in room W-110.

A reception for this exhibition will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. Ridley Gallery is on the first floor of the library/LR 102, on the Rocklin campus. Campus will be closed March 25-30. Regular hours for Ridley Gallery are 11a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Admission to Ridley Gallery is free and open to the public.

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