Algerian Artist Exhibition Tour

The French Cultural Services presents a tour of an exhibition by Algerian artist Samta Benyahia at the Fowler Museum. The tour will be led by Dr. Polly Roberts.

Thursday, March 22, 2007
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fowler Museum of Cultural History
UCLA campus
Sunset Blvd. and Westwood
Los Angeles, CA 90095

To celebrate the Month of Francophonie, the French Cultural Services in Los Angeles cordially invite you to a special visit of Architecture of the Veil:  An Installation by Samta Benyahia.


  • 6:30 PM:  Guided exhibition tour with Dr. Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Fowler Museum and Knight in the French Order of Arts and Letters
  • Cocktail party in the Fowler Museum Courtyard following the tour
  • Music by Zera Vaughan

About the Exhibition:

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.

This installation was made possible by the generous support of Barbara and Joe Goldenberg and Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art. Additional support provided by Air France.
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Special Instructions

RSVP to 310-235-3227.

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

For more information please contact:

French Cultural Services,Consulate General of France

Tel: 310-235-3200

Sponsor(s): , Fowler Museum at UCLA, French Cultural Services, Consulate General of France. Information about non-ASC events is posted for informational purposes and does not reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies personnel.