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'Renewing Tradition: The Revitalization of Bogolan in Mali and Abroad'

The major spring exhibition of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, "Renewing Tradition: The Revitalization of Bogolan in Mali and Abroad," will open with a public reception, to be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24 in the museum.

To assist you with coverage of this event, the museum will host a media preview of the exhibition, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 in the Museum of Art. The exhibition will be open to reporters and available for still and video photography; Victoria Rovine, organizer of "Renewing Tradition" and Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Museum of Art, will be available to answer questions; and a lunch will be provided for reporters. Howard Collinson, the new director of the Museum of Art, will also be available for interviews during the preview.

A complete press packet, including a detailed press release and photos of the exhibition, will be available at the media preview, and press releases will be sent to our usual distribution list that day. However, if you need a copy of the release sooner in order to prepare article to appear at the time of the opening, we will be happy to provide advance copies. Please contact Peter Alexander at (319) 384-0072 or to request advance copies of the material.

If you would like to preview the exhibition but cannot attend the scheduled event, please contact us and we will try to arrange a separate appointment for you.

We expect that the exhibition, focusing on bogolan, or African mudcloth, and its many American adaptations, will be of considerable interest to a diverse public. It will provide visitors with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of contemporary African art, its growth and its international influence. Although the term bogolan is unfamiliar, many Americans will find the bogolan designs exceedingly familiar, as they have gradually entered American markets over the last 10 years. Few people, however, are aware of the textile's origin, role, and rich history in the lives of many Malians.

The exhibition will feature more than 60 pieces, including bogolan paintings, garments, and cloth adapted to the tourist art market, along with photographs and labels explaining the cloth's production.