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Date:
September 12, 2019
Time:
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Eldredge, Spratlen, and Armstrong Galleries
Address:
1111 East Brookside Drive
Springfield, MO 65807
Contact:
(417) 874-2859
Cost:
Free and open to the public.
An image of radiating blue and grey clouds made out of glass beads sewn onto fabric
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Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

Thursday, September 12, 2019

This traveling exhibition presents a spectacular overview of a new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Using skills handed down through generations and working in their own unique style “directly from the soul” (in the words of artist Ntombephi Ntobela), the women create abstract as well as figurative subjects for their ndwangos. "Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence" was developed by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC, in cooperation with Curators Bev Gibson, Ubuhle Beads, and James Green, and is organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency and the Edward F. Hilbruner Irrevocable Trust. Additional support is generously provided by Rob & Sally Baird.