A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal
Fascinating exhibit of urban Senegalese art, depicting images reflecting the influence of mystic Sheikh Amadou Bamba. Glass paintings, signs, vivid textiles, healing verses, and popular murals comprise the collection.
Sunday, February 09, 2003
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Signs, intricate glass paintings, healing verses inscribed in stunning calligraphy, popular murals, and vivid textiles are all included in this dynamic exhibit of Senegalese art. The influence of the poet, saint, and mystic Sheikh Amadou Bamba, cloaked in white, face in shadow, is evident in this collection. Images of Bamba provide strength to his followers and express the vitality of contemporary African life.
Bamba was a Sufi, a Muslim mystic; he resisted French colonial oppression through pacifism and his lessons became the basis of the Senegalese Sufi movement known as the Mouride Way. Bamba's lessons stress the dignity and sanctity of work. The works included in this exhibit display the striking range of Mouride arts.
Museum hours are Wed.-Sun., noon-5 pm; Thurs. until 8 pm; closed Mon. & Tues. Exhibit is free; parking is available for $7 in Lot 4. Enter UCLA from Sunset Blvd. @ Westwood. Drive straight ahead to the Parking Information Booth at Lot 4.
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Sponsor(s): Fowler Museum at UCLA, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture California Arts Council National Endowment for the Humanities