Architecture of the Veil

Opening of exhibition by Algerian artist Samta Benyahia.

Sunday, January 28, 2007
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This site-specific installation and US museum debut by Algerian artist Samta Benyahia takes its theme from the moucharabieh, the openwork screens used in Mediterranean Islamic architecture to cover windows and balconies, allowing those inside--typically women--to view the outside world without being seen.  For Architecture of the Veil Benyahia covers the Fowler's entrance doors and Andalusian-inspired interior windows with printed films of a blue moucharabieh pattern.  Encircling the Museum's Goldenberg Galleria are "rosettes" consisting of beautiful, sequin-embroidered motifs on netting, and large-scale, black-and-white photographs of early 20th-century Algerian women.

Opening Day, Sunday January 28

Galleries Open 12 - 5 PM

2 PM and 4 PM -- Artist Walkthrough

Samta Benyahia discusses her installation and examines the inversion of the traditional power structure by making women, who are normally hidden from view, visible through her work.  Light refreshments.

Also on Exhibit:

Makishi -- Mask Characters of Zambia -- January 14 -- April 29, 2007

See twenty-four fascinating Zambian masks drawn from the Fowler's collections and explore the drama and complexity of the masquerade traditions of several peoples who live in the "Three Corners" region of northwestern Zambia, northeastern Angola, and southwestern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Special Instructions

Enter UCLA lot 4 from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood. Convenient Fowler parking is at the northeast or southeast ends of lot 4, where automated pay stations accept $1 and $5 bills and credit cards. Campus parking is maximum $8.

Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 4 for $8.

For more information please contact:

Fowler Museum of UCLATel: 310-825-4361

Sponsor(s): , Fowler Museum at UCLA