Matthew Lickona 12:30 p.m., Nov. 14
Sacred Object: Sacred Wisdom Exhibit Opening
Sacred Object - Sacred Wisdom: The Art of Divination at Africa and Beyond: Divination, the time-honored practice of using signs or artifacts to gain knowledge or insight into human dilemmas, has been around for millennia with rituals and techniques varying widely from region to region, culture to culture. Much African artwork is steeped in divination’s tradition of healing, crisis management, and maintaining the well-being of the community.
Sacred Objects: Sacred Wisdom showcases seventy-ﬁve objects from more than a dozen tribes across eight countries in West Central and Southern Africa. Just as spirit entities can speak through a diviner, they can also communicate through designated inanimate objects. The range and breadth of the pieces in the exhibit—made primarily of wood, beads, bronze, and iron—attest to their importance in daily living and the diversity of the divination process. From hakata (dice) and oracles to divination trays, spirit ﬁgures, and abodes for ancestral spirits, the objects are the vehicles through which insight, interpretation, and mediation ﬂow. Divination encompasses some of the most important aspects of daily life. When divination is carried out, the diviner relies heavily on the aesthetics of an object to bring about changes in fortune, improved health, conﬂict resolution, etc. This is form and function taken to a higher level; an object’s design is often the reﬂection of a shared eﬀort between artists and ritual practitioners. The result is nothing short of spectacular. Sadly, the sacred wisdom, among the younger generations, is not being maintained. The opening reception will include a short presentation, light refreshments..
- When: Saturday, November 2, 2019, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Cost: $25