Distinguished African art scholar to speak at Willamette University on April 11

Candice Goucher, a professor of African history at Washington State University in Vancouver, will deliver an illustrated lecture titled “Sustainable Spirits: Transformation and Continuity in West African Sculpture” on April 11. The free presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall in the Willamette University College of Law.

Traditional African sculpture has always been central to tribal life and thought, and for her talk, Goucher will explore the dynamic relationships among the art, societies and ecology of West Africa — emphasizing the art and cultures represented in the Johnston collection. Goucher’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Goucher’s lecture is presented in conjunction with “West African Sculpture: Selections from the Mary Johnston Collection,” which continues through June 3 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. The exhibit features a wide range of masks, sculptures and other objects found among the various tribes of West Africa.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 get in free, and Tuesday is a free day.

For more information, call 503-370-6855.