Date(s) - July 21, 2023 - December 17, 2023
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dibul Kouana: A Visual Language for Feminine Prestige
Main and the Americas Gallery, July 21 – December 17, 2023
Curated by Fiona McAliney (Class of 2021) and organized by Associate Professor of Art History Dave Riep
Among Bana-speaking communities in northern Cameroon, the visual arts are used in a variety of ways to communicate an individual’s status and to promote gender roles in society. This exhibition explores the visual complexity of beaded aprons known as dibul kouana, or pikuran, which are worn by women and used to promote social status, personal identity, and social ties.
Many thanks to alumna Julie Holding for her research and support.
About the curator
Fiona McAliney graduated from CSU in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Art History and a minor in German. During her time as an undergraduate she studied Art History and Art Business with Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York City. After graduating she began working at the Denver Art Museum in the Visitor Operations department before transitioning to the David Cook Galleries in downtown Denver where she currently works as the registrar.
Arts of the Cameroon Grasslands
a peripheral installation accompanying Dibul Kouana: A Visual Language for Feminine Prestige, July 21 – December 17, 2023
Curated by Ella Rupp (Class of 2024) and organized Associate Professor of Art History Dave Riep
In this peripheral installation, handcrafted objects from Cameroon provide an example not just of the country’s social and environmental diversity, but of artistic variation as well. These objects originate from various cultures and are representative of a multitude of unique customs. Displaying these works together depicts the rich artistic history of the Cameroon grasslands.
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Thursday, July 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Featuring talks by alumni curator Fiona McAliney and current art history student Ella Rupp, moderated by Associate Professor of Art History Dave Riep.
Celebrate the exhibition Dibul Kouana: A Visual Language for Feminine Prestige and the ancillary installation Arts of the Cameroon Grasslands. A reception will follow.
Free and open to all!
Support for the museum’s exhibitions and programming is generously provided by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the FUNd Endowment at CSU, and Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the arts.