The Dancing Sowei: Performing Beauty in Sierra Leone

March 21, 2018 – March 2, 2019

11:00 am

See details below for exact dates and times.

Cantor Arts Center, just off Palm Drive, at Museum Way and Lomita Drive Map

This exhibition focuses on one spectacular work in the Cantor’s collection—a sowei mask, used by the women–only Sande Society that is unique to Sierra Leone. Used in dance by senior women of the society, the sowei mask symbolizes knowledge of feminine grace and is part of a young girl’s initiation into adulthood. Thus, for many women of the region, beauty is literally performed into existence through ndoli jowei (the dancing sowei or the sowei mask in performance).

IMAGE: Gola or Mende artist (Sande Society, Sierra Leone), Helmet Mask (sowei or ndoli jowei), 1920s-1930s. Wood, leopard tooth, kaolin, and fiber. Gift from the collection of Marc and Ruth Franklin

When:
Ongoing every day from March 21, 2018 through March 2, 2019.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where:
Cantor Arts Center, just off Palm Drive, at Museum Way and Lomita Drive Map
Admission:

Cantor Arts Center: Open Wed-Mon, 11am - 5pm, Thurs until 8pm. CLOSED TUES

Tags:

Arts Education International Visual Humanities Exhibition Literary Science 

Audience:
General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
Contact:
723-4177
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