Culture Fix: Marla C. Berns on Striking Iron
Extravagant forms of iron accouterments, held as dance staffs or worn as adornment, have been used by communities in coming-of-age ceremonies and to mark the transition from adulthood to death (and ancestor status). Fowler Museum director and exhibition co-curator Marla C. Berns links these transformative events to the blacksmith’s processes, looking at an array of forged works from West and Central Africa on view in Striking Iron.
#CultureFix is a short-format series of gallery talks featuring artists, curators, and other luminaries. No reservation required. All talks are free of charge.
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About the Exhibition
Striking Iron is a major international traveling exhibition that reveals the history of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most basic natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, and astonishing artistry.