Location: Kentucky Museum
In 2003 the world mourned the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of its most revered champions of human rights. Mandela provided a moral compass for how we treat each other, how we lead our own lives, and how we need to continue to strive for a just, fair, non-racial, and democratic society. Artists around the world have long made quilts in tribute to Mandela.
The 58 quilts in this traveling exhibit, made by United States and South Africa quilt artists, were originally shown in July 2014 at the International Quilt Conference Africa in Johannesburg. Circulated by the Michigan State University Museum, these diverse and powerful pieces reflect the ways in which this remarkable man touched individual lives, changed a nation, and literally served as the conscience of the human spirit for individuals around the world.
Location: Kentucky Museum
On several trips to South Africa, Library Special Collection faculty emerita Nancy Baird purchased basketry, wood carvings, jewelry, and art from women selling their arts and crafts on the streets and in their native-run shops. This collection serves as a reminder of Nancy’s experiences on safari with husband Tom and of the research trips taken to study British women in early 19th century South Africa. This exhibit shows a sampling of her collection acquired while in the country.
Location: Spencer's Coffee
WKU photojournalism student Tyler Essary traveled to South Africa this summer to document the Zuheir Sofia Endowed Faculty Seminar (ZSEIFS). He planned to compile two videos related to the IYO/ZSIEFS (available for viewing on OIP WKU). What he didn't plan on was being transformed by the people of South Africa and their stories. He visited various cities and townships, meeting friends of cabbies and talking with children playing outside, taking photos along the way. What resulted was a striking collection of photographs that each capture a small facet of the rainbow nation. Don't miss After Aparteid, on display at Spencer's Coffee through the end of the year. Each photo is for sale, all proceeds will go to Masinyusane, a non-profit organization based in South Africa that is dedicated to providing various educational opportunities and resources to children in townships.
Join us November 9th at 7pm at Spencer's Coffee to hear photographer Tyler Essary speak about his experience in South Africa and the inspirations behind this collection.
Location: DSU - DSU 3002
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