Museum features Ethiopian Christian art

Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art will present “Glory of Kings: Ethiopian Christian Art from Oregon Collections” March 19-June 12, 2011.

Organized by Willamette art history professor Ann Nicgorski and A. Dean McKenzie, professor emeritus of art history at the University of Oregon, the exhibition will feature a range of Ethiopian icons, illuminated manuscripts, magic scrolls, icon and cross pendants, and handheld and processional crosses that serve as visual expressions of the Ethiopian Christian faith and ritual practice.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Ethiopian art scholar Marilyn Heldman will deliver a presentation about the Ethiopian site of Lalibala on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Roger Hull Lecture Hall.

Heldman is a visiting scholar and research associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC and author of “African Zion: The Sacred Art of Ethiopia.” Admission to her lecture is free.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full color brochure with an essay on Ethiopian Christian art by Nicgorski and McKenzie.

The exhibition is supported in part by grants from Willamette’s Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology, City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

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