Inasmuch Foundation Gallery
"The History of African Wax Prints"
August 17 through October 16, 2015
OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center
The History of African Wax Prints exhibit is a tribute to the vibrant and colorful African Prints that display myriad patterns of leaves, flowers, hearts and geometric shapes. As early as 1846, European cotton printers flooded the West and Central African markets with wax prints. They are seen in markets in Accra and Lagos, and paraded in international fashion shows in Paris and in galleries in New York and London.
This exhibition traces the history of the pathway that the African print that has crossed over three continents from Asia through Europe to Africa. The exhibit includes 69 examples of African Wax Prints with accompanying texts that detail their meanings and importance. Nine mannequins, dressed in outfits made from African Wax Prints, are also included. The History of African Wax Prints exhibit is a part of the African History Series that will give North American communities a wider and interesting exposure to African culture. The exhibit is curated by Afua Benson.
For more information call 405-682-1611, extension 2581 during Gallery hours.