California Academy of Sciences Celebrates
Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month at the California Academy of Sciences this
February. All programs are free after museum admission. For more information,
visit www.calacademy.org, or call 415-750-7145.
Nigerian Sculpture Artist In Residence
Nigerian artist Geoffrey Nwogu will be at the Academy for three months
working on a sculpture installation in Cowell Hall. Visitors will have
the opportunity to watch the artist up close as he works. Mr. Nwogu will
create a family of three deity figures modeled from mud clay, positioned
in a decorative structure consisting of platform and backdrop. The finished
work will resemble a typical mbari house, customarily built as a ritual
offering to the gods in villages in Igboland, Southeastern Nigeria.
Wednesdays through Saturdays, January 2-March 30 10 am - 4 pm
This program is funded by the Creative Work Fund in San Francisco, which
supports collaborations between local artists and non-profit institutions.
The Academy was one of six recipients awarded grants in the Traditional
Arts category in 2001.
Masters of the African form of stilt dancing, Zulu Connection captures
its audiences with colorful and elaborate costumes, tremendous heights,
extraordinary acrobatics, and magnificent dance moves. Stilt dancing originated
in the Ivory Coast of West Africa, and by way of the African slave trade
made its way to the United States. In this participatory program, learn
about African and African Diaspora customs, history, musical instruments
Wednesday, February 6 1 & 2:30 pm
West African Music & Dance
Kucheza Ngoma is a performing troupe specializing in dance, and drumming
from West Africa-especially Senegal, Guinea, and The Gambia. Their beautifully
choreographed pieces reflect New World influences as well as African forms,
resulting in a performance that highlights the richness and complexity
of the African diaspora. Live drumming and singing bring a special energy
and vitality to the group's performances.
Saturday, February 9 1 pm
Tales from the Caribbean
Kooki Davis, born in Trinidad, brings a set of stories about the adventures
of her Auntie Ruby, Anansi the spider-trickster, and Nyame the sky god.
Kooki will also use her remarkable handmade dolls as part of this presentation.
Saturday, February 16 1 pm
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