Date(s) - October 19, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, University Center for the Arts

Shattering Perspectives Curator Talk & Reception

Presented by David M. M. Riep, Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Curator of African Art

Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center: Thursday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Learn about curating Shattering Perspectives: A Teaching Collection of African Ceramics from exhibition organizer and lead curator David M. M. Riep, associate professor of art history and associate curator of African art!

Shattering Perspectives is a collaborative and student co-curated exhibition exploring ceramic arts from across the African continent. The exhibition features work from the museum’s permanent holdings—the largest collection of intact African pottery at an art museum in the United States.

Originally on view from February 21 to April 25, 2021, Shattering Perspectives was produced with Colorado State University students enrolled in an art history seminar course in Spring 2020.

The Shattering Perspectives keynote will be presented in GAMA’s Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center, inside the museum.

Reception to follow. Free and open to all!


Shattering Perspectives Keynote Address: Dave Riep

About the curator

David Riep received an M.A. in art history from the University of Kentucky (2005) and a Ph.D. (2011) in art history from the University of Iowa with a specialization in the arts of Africa. David’s area of research centers on South Sotho art and history in southern Africa. He spent more than five years living in South Africa between 2000 and 2011, working with several NGOs and completing his field research with support from a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Stanley Award for International Research.
Most recently, David has been involved in an ongoing multi-disciplinary project entitled Africa Meets Africa, which explores southern African cultural heritage and uses cultural context as a link to understanding the arts, mathematics, language, and history. This non-profit project produces a series of interactive learning materials for the South African public school system, including publications and DVDs, and provides educator training and support in the use of the materials.
In addition to his ongoing research, David is interested in the multidisciplinary topics of cultural formation and identity, and enjoys engaging with the concept of continuity and change in global art production. These interests have led him to produce several documentary films on the arts and cultures of southern Africa, which serve as an archive of artists, artistic processes, and culturally sensitive events, and allows one to contextualize the arts of Africa within a classroom setting. David served as an at-large member on the board of directors for the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) from 2012-2015, and was the association’s newsletter editor and liaison to the College Art Association (CAA).


Support for this event comes from DATA (Denver-area Art-alumni Transforming the Arts) for GAMA at CSU.

DATA: Denver Art Alumni Transforming the Arts for the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at CSU

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.

Fort Fund