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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Incredible Journeys: The Life Histories of Museum Objects (Exhibit)
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

Wake Forest first-year students in museum studies curated this exhibit exploring the “object biographies” of intriguing specimens in MOA’s collections. The exhibit traces objects from their original use through the missionaries, traders, soldiers, and doctors that acquired them, the connoisseurs that collected them, and finally how anthropologists (and the Museum) might use them. The exhibit showcases the range of the MOA’s collections and the diverse trajectories objects can have. Admission is free.

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Visions of Home: A Celebration of Gullah Art & Culture (Exhibit)
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

Home has personal significance and meaning. Home may be a place, landscape, object, journey, or relationship. Through contemporary art and ethnographic artifacts, home is envisioned as a patchwork of places, histories, and identities by the Gullah people of the southeastern Atlantic coast. This exhibit features original works on this theme by Sea Islands artists from the Red Piano Too Gallery, as well as works by Wake Forest University Professor Katharine Ziff, and objects from the Museum of Anthropology's collection. Admission is free.

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Professor Deacon's Cultural Cabinet (Exhibit)
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

What does a culture look like? Are the ideals, behaviors, symbols, and celebrations that comprise a culture truly unique, or do they share things in common with other cultures? A professor posed these questions to a group of WFU students, who then sought out the answers right here on campus. Objects representing the “Wake Forest University Culture” are on display alongside ethnographic objects from the Museum’s collection, allowing visitors to see for themselves how cultural traits might be both unique to a certain community and common to societies the world over. Admission is free.

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Warfare and Violent Conflict (Exhibit)
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

Warfare intersects with other cultural behaviors, creating diverse cultural contexts for violence. Though modern war is technologically sophisticated, the artifacts of war can help identify patterns in the scope of violent conflict. This mini-exhibit features traditional weapons that relate to broader aspects of global cultures, such as identity, economic development, religion, and technology. Admission is free.

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Daughters of the Dust Film Showing (Film)
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Location: Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

A 1991 Sundance Festival award-winning film, Daughters of the Dust has been called “one of the greatest American independent films ever made.” The movie explores Gullah life in the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina by telling the story of the Peazant family as they prepare to start new lives on the mainland in 1902. The film is also an inspiration for Beyoncé’s 2016 visual album Lemonade. The film will be shown in the Kulynych Auditorium of the Byrum Welcome Center at Wake Forest University. Admission is free.Prior to the film showing, at 6:00 p.m., Museum Director Dr. Andrew Gurstelle will provide a guided tour of the exhibit, Visions of Home: A Celebration of Gullah Art and Culture at the Museum of Anthropology. Admission is free, but pre-registration by emailing moa@wfu.edu or calling 336.758.5282 is required for the tour.

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