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Book Launch and Signing: The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria

February 10, 2015
6:30–8 :30 p.m.

The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria

Join us to celebrate the official launch of The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria. Following the lives of eight women from a small Igbo village in Nigeria, Ambassador Robin Sanders pays homage to the declining art form of uli (oo-lee) and the women who keep it alive. Sanders, the former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Congo and Nigeria, examines the intricacies of uli displayed through symbols, motifs, and cultural praise of Igbo ancestors.

A short movie and conversation with Ambassador Sanders follows museum director Johnnetta Betsch Cole’s opening remarks.

Ambassador Sanders biography

National Museum of African Art Statement Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue

The National Museum of African Art’s mission is to inspire conversations about the beauty, power and diversity of African arts and cultures. We began planning for the Conversations exhibition two years ago to help showcase the history of American art created by persons of African descent. It brings the public’s attention to artists whose works have long been omitted from the study of American art history. We are aware of the controversy surrounding Bill Cosby, who, along with his wife Camille, owns many of the works in the Conversations exhibition. Exhibiting this important collection does not imply any position on the serious allegations that have been made against Mr. Cosby. The exhibition is centrally about the artworks and the artists who created them.