Date(s) - August 23, 2023 - December 17, 2023
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Shattering Perspectives: A Teaching Collection of African Ceramics
The Griffin Foundation Gallery, August 23 – December 17, 2023
This encore presentation of 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.
Organized and curated by David M. M. Riep, Associate Professor of Art History
About the curator
Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, September 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. ($10 materials fee)
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.