Fla. Museum to host ‘Living Exhibit’ talk with art history professor Robin Poynor, June 21

June 11th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a “Living Exhibit” talk at 2 p.m. on June 21 as University of Florida art history professor Robin Poynor elaborates on portions of the museum’s newest temporary exhibit “Inside Africa” through a presentation based on his work with African art.

The “Living Exhibit” discussion will cover a variety of topics related to Poynor’s work and research including changes in palace construction in the Bamum region of Cameroon and the contributions made by one of the area’s most influential sultans, Njoya. The talk will be given in the “Inside Africa” exhibit where visitors can see a half-scale replica of one of Njoya’s palaces.

Poynor has researched art in Africa for the past 40 years and is currently working on an interdisciplinary book examining 500 years of African presence in Florida. He is also the co-author of “A History of Art in Africa,” one of 60 books named to Art Journal’s Best Books of 2000 list.

Based on a permanent exhibit at the Field Museum of Chicago, “Inside Africa” engages visitors through many hands-on activities, three-dimensional settings, multimedia presentations and an exceptional collection of artifacts. The exhibit, which is on display through Sept. 7, offers a deeper understanding of the vitality, richness and significance of Africa’s many cultures from historical and contemporary perspectives. Regular admission prices will apply for the “Living Exhibit” talk.

Admission to “Inside Africa” is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for Florida residents, seniors age 62 and above and students, and $4 for children ages 3-12. For more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu.

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Writer: Morgan Lamborn
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu