Atta Kwami and Sylvester Ogbechie: Africa and Modernity

The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents a discussion exploring African art as part of the Fowler OutSpoken Conversation series.

Sunday, October 24, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lenart Auditorium
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Western approaches to Africa’s visual culture have until recently separated “traditional” from “modern,” as if the two categories had no common ground and only the former was authentically African.  Artist and 2010 Philip L. Ravenhill Fellow, Atta Kwami, is joined by UC Santa Barbara art history professor Sylvester Ogbechie for an exploration of modernity and African art as embodied in university and local art practices in West Africa, specifically Ghana.

Check out the exhibitions while at the Fowler and don’t forget to visit the wonderful Gift Shop.


  • Street Art: Photographic Elevations of Los Angeles, Paris and Berlin by Larry Yust – through January 16, 2011
  • Fowler in Focus: Monochrome Ceramics from Ancient Mexico – through January 2, 2011
  • Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World – through November 28, 2010
  • Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists – through February 13, 2011
  • Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia – through December 5, 2010
  • Nini Towok’s Spinning Wheel: Cloth and the Cycle of Life in Kerek, Java – through December 5, 2010
  • Reflecting Culture: The Francis E. Fowler, Jr. Collection of Silver – On permanent display


Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
February 13 – July 23, 2011

Fowler in Focus: Art and the Unbreakable Spirit of Haiti
Opens January 9, 2011

Jam Session: America’s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World
March 20 – August 14, 2011

If you cannot visit the Fowler, you can always go to the museum website to view the video gallery, multimedia, and for more info/photos of the collections held there –

More info about this event?  Contact the Fowler at 310-825-4361 or visit


Professor Ogbechie will also deliver a Monday Africa Seminar Series (MASS) lecture on Monday, November 15, on Curating Africa as a Site of Globalization at 4 pm in 10383 Bunche Hall.


More on Parking: Convenient parking is available in LOT 4, accessible from Sunset Blvd at Westwood. Parking is $10; automated pay stations in the lot accept $1 and $5 bills and credit/debit cards.

Cost : Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day ($10) parking available in lot 4.

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