Mary Sibande and Sophie Ntombikayise Take Central Court

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  • Ongoing: until Sunday, January 13, 2013
  • Sunday: 12:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

Emerging 29-year-old artist Mary Sibande lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. This work, the first in a U.S. museum collection, culminates Sibande’s series of sculptural installations featuring four generations of women in her family, all of whom worked as domestic servants. The name Sophie comes from a real and imagined collective narrative. The wonderfully overblown gown -- an artificial hybrid costume of maid’s uniform and regal Victorian dress -- provides the tableau on which Sibande unveils her story. Through Sophie-Ntombikayise, Sibande addresses the "traditional" role of black women in South Africa and other countries with a history of black servitude.

This event was posted June 7, 2012 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014

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