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Mus’Art Cameroon seeks to twin with arts institution

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Since its creation in 1996 Musa Heritage Gallery (shortened Mus’Art), named in memory of Nso’ carvers Daniel Kanjo Musa and his elder son John Yuniwo Musa, has been active in propagating the Nso’ cultural heritage.

This cultural initiative by the Musa family opened her doors to the public on 18th December, 1996. Mus’Art Gallery has a collection of over 400 objects, most of which were created between 1970 and 2000. These varied and diverse objects range from Bamboo work to Wood Carvings, Basketry to Pottery. The museum continues to acquire contemporary Cameroonian arts and crafts while maintaining a major focus on the Western Grass-fields region.

Mus’Art Gallery was created in part as to preserve in response to the loss of these precious objects, so the Art of the past is not lost to the region. Its mission is to support the arts and crafts of the Western Grass-fields and to highlight the excellence and diversity of regional artists, past and present, so these may become known nationally and internationally.

The art of Nso’ traditional wood sculpturing is fast disappearing. Most Nso’ renown carvers have died. Youngsters are unwilling to learn the art. Mus’Art Gallery is interested in a rebirth of Nso’traditional wood sculpturing as well as other traditional art forms such as weaving, basketry, bamboo work, knitting of traditional caps and other gadgets with raffia leaves or straw. In fact the arts and crafts industry in Nso’ if revamped can create a lot of jobs for young boys and girls, contribute to economic growth and fight unemployment.

The Mus’Art Gallery in Kumbo, Cameroun, is seeking to twin with a museum, gallery or other arts institution abroad, in order to open the door to new ideas, collaboration and joint programmes that will allow both partners to evolve.

Interested museums or art-based organisations may contact Peter Musa, Mus’Art Director. Email: administration [at] musartgallery [dot] org

Phone: +237 7937 2652

Address: Bamfem Qtr, P.O Box 21, Kumbo, North West region, Cameroun.

For more information about the museum, please visit http://musartgallery.blogspot.fr/

 

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New exhibition by Caroline Dear comprising 100 ropes from 50 plants.

“make a rope a day…. These ropes are an exploration of plants, of place, and of my personal responses to these through the making of them.”

Find excellent documentation on the blog as above.

9th July – 6 August 2011 at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (the entrance is round the back, go up the hill beside the town hall the gallery is through the double glass doors and then up the stairs).

 

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Contemporary Art On Wheels

Axle Contemporary's gallery on wheels. Photo credit: Matthew Chase-Daniel, published in the NYTimes Feb. 3, 2011.

CalArts alum Jerry Wellman and Matthew Chase-Daniel transformed a Hostess delivery truck  into a mobile art gallery of contemporary art in Santa Fe, NM. Check out the story in the NY Times.  See also Axel Contemporary’s web site. 

This post is part of a series documenting Sam Breen’a Spartan Restoration Project. Please see his first post here and check out the archive here. The CSPA is helping Sam by serving in an advisory role, offering modest support and featuring Sam’s Progress by syndicating his feed from http://spartantrailerrestoration.wordpress.com as part of our CSPA Supports Program.

Radical Nature Comes to the Art Gallery : TreeHugger

Radical Nature, Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet is an exhibition that examines how nature has inspired artists and architects. The show takes a historical look at strange and experimental buildings since the 60s that have changed the way we see the world.

via Radical Nature Comes to the Art Gallery : TreeHugger.

Otis Connects with the San Joaquin Valley

This is an awesome community arts project that connects graduate students in the Social Practice program at Otis College of Art and Design with the rural agricultural area of Laton, California. Initiated by Suzanne Lacy who grew up in the San Joaquin Valley. For more information go to https://wikis.otis.edu/sjv/index.php/Welcome!_Bienvenidos!_Bem-vindo!

The very first Social Practice program “graduate exhibition” open till June 6th at the Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery (includes work by Candida Ayala, Andy Manoushagain, Ofunne Obiamiwe, Jules Rochielle Sievert and Tory Tepp). Installation shot below:

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