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April Artist-in-Residence: Ramekon O'Arwisters

April 4, 2012April 29, 2012

Communing with the Unseen: African Spirituality in Contemporary Art

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
6:00–8:45 p.m.

Museum visitors will explore how objects manifest spiritual essence, and address how objects are imbued with spiritual power and significance by their role and place within society and society's respect for the spirit world. Ordinary objects, such as small mirrors, feathers, puzzle pieces, pins, watchbands, keys, marbles, computer parts, beads, fabric, and other found objects are transformed into beautiful sculpture, imbued with spiritual and healing powers. Communing With the Unseen is a public collaboration, incorporating participatory elements—creative activities, art practices, and social connections that create an opportunity for social engagement within the context of African and African-American culture and spirituality.

Saturday, April 7, 2:00 p.m., Koret Auditorium

Free Lecture: African Spirituality in Contemporary Art by Barbaro Martinez Ruiz, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University


Friday, April 27, 6:00–8:45 p.m
Closing reception: Celebrate the residency of Ramekon O'Arwisters with light refreshments and live music.


The Artist Studio program is supported by the Fleishhacker Foundation.

The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums. Cultural Encounters is generously funded by the James Irvine Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Columbia Foundation, and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.