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THE ARTS Gallery Schedules 'Adinkra: Transforming Tradition' Exhibition

Sept. 14, 2012 – THE ARTS gallery at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus (SCC), 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, is scheduled to present the “Adinkra: Transforming Tradition” exhibition from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. from Sept. 27-Oct. 18.

A reception will also be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at SCC.

“Adinkra: Transforming Tradition” will feature textiles created primarily by Gabriel Kwaku Boakye, a member of the internationally acclaimed family of adinkra printers in Ntonso, Ghana, West Africa. Ntonso is one of the historical and contemporary centers of Adinkra cloth, which has long been associated with funerals, kingships and wealth in traditional Ashanti culture. Featured textiles will include video of the processes as well as a loom and the stamps used for adinkra cloth.

Adinkra is a tradition of stamping large cloths with visual symbols that embody proverbs, project cultural values and commemorate historical events in Ghana, West Africa. Historically worn by kings and other significant dignitaries, adinkra cloth was a marker for and projection of power. Since the mid-twentieth century, many of the visual symbols have become synonymous with Ghanaian collective cultural identity in post-colonial Africa.

The exhibition curator is Elise Ridenour, who has photographed the creative processes of adinkra and will discuss Ntonso adinkra as well as the processes in a Gallery Talk during the reception. In addition, the exhibition reception will feature Gideon Alorwoyie, a University of North Texas professor of African Drumming and former master drummer of the Ghana National Dance Company.

For more information about THE ARTS gallery or the Adinkra: Transforming Tradition exhibition, visit http://www.collin.edu/theartsgallery or call 972.881.5873.

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