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Playing with Spirits Exhibit Closes

March 4
Playing with Spirits: Pokémon and Shintoism closes.



Warfare Exhibit Opens

March 14
Warfare and Violent Conflict opens.



Daughters of the Dust Film Showing

 March 15

dotd-poster-webxA 1991 Sundance Festival award-winning film, Daughters of the Dust has been called “one of the greatest American independent films ever made.” The movie explores Gullah life in the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina by telling the story of the Peazant family as they prepare to start new lives on the mainland in 1902. The film is also an inspiration for Beyoncé’s 2016 visual album Lemonade. The film will be shown in the Kulynych Auditorium of the Byrum Welcome Center at Wake Forest University (#53 on the campus map). Admission is free.

Prior to the film showing, at 6:00 p.m., Museum Director Dr. Andrew Gurstelle will provide a guided tour of the exhibit, Visions of Home: A Celebration of Gullah Art and Culture at the Museum of Anthropology. Admission is free, but pre-registration by emailing or calling 336.758.5282 is required for the tour.



LECTURE: The Silk Road and its Multicultural Legacy

Cave shrines in rock face, Dunhuang, Sir Marc Aurel Stein, 1914

March 30
The Silk Road facilitated centuries of cross-cultural interactions through a network of trade routes that stretched between east and west.  Accordingly, the oasis cities of the Silk Road were important centers of religion and commerce.  The Mogao Buddhist cave shrines located near the city of Dunhuang in Gansu Province in northwestern China are comprised of nearly five hundred man-made caves carved from the mountainside and installed with mural paintings and sculptures.

Professor Michelle C. Wang from the Department of Art and Art History at Georgetown University will discuss the multicultural legacy of the Mogao site by examining select examples of mural paintings from the cave shrines as well as manuscripts and portable paintings recovered from Cave 17, known as the “library cave.”  This event is cosponsored by the Silk Roads Series and the WFU Departments of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures.  Admission is free.


LECTURE: Visions of Home: A Reflection

Bisimbi, Katherine Ziff

Bisimbi, Katherine Ziff

April 11
MOA guest curator and WFU Counseling faculty member Dr. Katherine Ziff will reflect on the process of co-creating Visions of Home: A Celebration of Gullah Art and Culture. Dr. Ziff’s research inspired the exhibit, which includes historical African artifacts and contemporary American art, including works by Ziff. Drawing on examples from the exhibit, Dr. Ziff will discuss the collaborative process of curation and the role of art in scholarly research. Admission is free.




Closed for Easter

April 14 – 16
The Museum will be closed Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 14 for Easter Weekend.