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Student-Curated 'Oracles and Divination' Exhibit to Open Nov. 18

Students in the Augustana Museum Studies course and Dr. L. Adrien Hannus, professor of Anthropology, have curated the new Oracles and Divination: Segue to the Supernatural exhibition set to open on Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. The exhibit features sculptures and masks from the West African coast and the Congo River region that exemplify African cultural traditions of ancestor worship and the practices of divination.

Through the project, student curators also had the chance to construct an African hut fashioned from research and historical photographs. The hut, which serves as the exhibit’s centerpiece, was constructed using grasses and color-dyed sheetrock mud in order to achieve the highest level of authenticity.

For students, the curating project was a lesson in both history and exhibit functionality.

“I feel that the experience is valuable as part of the understanding of how museums function,” said Dr. Hannus.

Works for the exhibition are drawn from the University Art Galleries of the University of South Dakota, the Carl Grupp Permanent Art Collection of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery and from private collections. The exhibition is supported in part through the generous donations of Al Schoeneman.

The exhibit runs from Friday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, located at 30th Street and South Grange Avenue in Augustana’s Center for Visual Arts.

Watch KELO-TV’s feature on “Augustana Students Bring African Art to Life.”