A Secret Society’s Raffia Costume: Understanding the Art of West African Masquerade

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
3:00 pm
Art Museum

Fenton's talk explores the Art Museum’s recently acquired raffia masquerade costume from Nigeria. The costume is a rare example belonging to the renowned Ekpe secret society of southeast Nigeria and West Cameroon. The talk will address the costume’s manufacture, meaning and changing performance arenas that define its historical and contemporary context. 

Jordan A. Fenton
Jordan A. Fenton
Assistant Professor, Art History, Miami University