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Thursday, September 06, 2007

SU Zulu Wire Basket Exhibit Begins September 7

SALISBURY, MD---In the age of cell phones, the Zulu people of South Africa still refuse to go wireless—at least when their art is concerned.

A collection of traditional Zulu baskets made from a rainbow of telephone wire is on display September 7-October 12 in the foyer of Salisbury University’s Fulton Hall. The exhibit then moves to SU’s Center for International Education from October 17-November 16. A reception is Friday, September 7, in Fulton Hall.

This unique art form has evolved from the coiled beer pot covers that were traditionally woven from Ilala palm.  Today, telephone wire basket weaving is a highly technical art form requiring creativity, skill and experience and is a very distinctive visual art of African handicrafts.

Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs as part of SU’s “Celebration of African-American Culture” fall events series, admission is free and the public is invited.  Exhibit curators are Jim and Majorie Hill.  Fulton Hall is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Center for International Education is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Both venues are closed on weekends and holidays.

Look for information on lectures related to this exhibit in the next edition of SU News!  For more information call 410-677-4685 or visit the SU Web site at www.sailsbury.edu.



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