Date(s) - September 23, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Gallery Tour with Dave Riep, curator of Shattering Perspectives: A Teaching Collection of African Ceramics
Followed by a special pottery workshop with Sanam Emami
The Griffin Foundation Gallery: Saturday, September 23, 1 to 2 p.m. (workshop from 2 to 4 p.m.)
Join us for a free gallery tour led by Shattering Perspectives exhibition curator Dave Riep, associate curator of African art and associate professor of art history! Learn about the vessels in Shattering Perspectives: A Teaching Collection of African Ceramics and hear more about the techniques used to make them. Free and open to all.
Please note: The gallery tour with Dave Riep from 1 to 2 p.m. is free and open to all. However, the following workshop with Sanam Emami from 2 to 4 p.m. requires a $10 materials fee. Visit our pottery workshop event page for more information on registering for the workshop with Sanam Emami.
About the exhibition
Shattering Perspectives: A Teaching Collection of African Ceramics is a collaborative, student-generated exhibition exploring ceramic arts from across the African continent through vessels and objects from the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art’s permanent collections.
Originally on view from February 21 to April 25, 2021, this Shattering Perspectives encore takes a unique approach to discussing African ceramics through the lens of a teaching collection and was originally produced with Colorado State University students enrolled in an art history seminar course in Spring 2020. The students, who also served as co-curators, authors, and exhibition designers, explored the politics and poetics of museum display while delving into the methods, functions, and symbolism surrounding pottery, as well as the roles of ceramic artists across the African continent. The result is a dynamic exhibition that presents unique viewpoints on approaching and discussing these fascinating objects through hands-on engagements and theoretical dialogue.
The exhibition is organized around the themes of art versus artifact, misconceptions about the “unknown” African artist, pot-making techniques across the continent, and visual expressions of identity. These perspectives present viewers with insights on working with a teaching collection and the resulting dialogue that develops through encounters with art objects and critical texts.
About the curator
Ongoing 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.