Public Programs for African Beaded Art

Opening Lecture by John Pemberton III

Friday, February 1, 2008
On Campus, Stoddard Auditorium, 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

(Please note the venue change from Graham to Stoddard Auditorium
In celebration of the opening of this exhibition, the Museum will offer extended open hours (4:00-5:30pm), prior to guest curator John Pemberton III's opening lecture in Stoddard Auditorium (across the street from the Museum).

Lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
SCMA Members can reserve a seat through January 15: 413.585.2777 or  

Teacher Workshop: African Beaded Art

Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Museum of Art, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL (as of 1/11/08)
The glass beaded objects in the current exhibition tell the story of an art form spurred by commerce and trade. This workshop will include a look at the artistry of the beaded object and a discussion about its ability to convey information about social status, customs, and personal identity in various African cultures. Join guest curator John Pemberton III for a guided visit in the African Beaded Art: Power and Adornment exhibition, followed by a hands-on beading project led by local bead artist Janet Francis (no artmaking experience necessary). Classroom teachers and teachers of art and social studies are encouraged to participate. The registration fee covers all materials, a certificate of participation, and lunch.

Registration is limited to 20 teachers and should be received by Tuesday, January 29. Contact or 413.585.2781 to register. Fee: $25, $20 members.

Dr. John Pemberton III lectures on
Friday, February 1 for the exhibition
opening. Dr. Pemberton is pictured here
with a Yoruba ritual staff cover, from the
collection of Carol and Jerry Kenney.
Photograph by Derek Fowles Photography.


Special Second Friday: exhibition opening festivities, featuring the Afro-Pop band, NOMO

Friday, February 8, 2008
Museum of Art, Atrium, 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join SCMA for an evening of art and music free for all during the opening festivities for African Beaded Art: Power and Adornment! The evening's events include: 4-5 pm—A family dance performance/workshop (described above); 5:30-6:45 pm—Light refreshments in the Atrium and "Meet and Greet" with guest curator John Pemberton III (in the galleries); 7:00-8:45 pm—Live musical performance by Michigan-based Afro-Pop band NOMO ( who offer a fusion of African musical traditions with jazz, funk, and soul. Put your dancing shoes on!

Just BEAD It! Family Day @ SCMA

Saturday, March 29, 2008
Museum of Art, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Experience the dazzling beauty of the objects in the African Beaded Art: Power and Adornment exhibition, and try your hand at a variety of bead-related projects throughout the Museum. Dance along to the Bamidele Dancers & Drummers (based in western MA) when they demonstrate the use of an African beaded drum known as a shekere. Family Day activities and Museum admission are free all day. Spanish-speaking greeters will be present. Art projects are designed for ages four and up, accompanied by an adult. No registration is required; drop in anytime during Family Day.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Afro-Pop band NOMO