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African mask and art gallery comes to library

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2009-01-29

The Sandor Teszler Library Gallery at Wofford College welcomes a new exhibit -- African Masks and Sculpture from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Scanlin, starting Monday, February 2 and running through Thursday, March 26.

Primarily derived from Central and Western Africa, the works in this collection exhibit several of the characteristics of African art as a whole, especially abstraction, and rather than being created solely for their beauty, they actually saw use within the society in ritual dancing, celebrations, and expression of status.

The visual strength and interest of pieces such as these has profoundly influenced Western art, especially in the work of Picasso and his contemporaries in the early part of the twentieth century.

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-midnight, Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m.-midnight.