Events | In Miniature Lecture & Reception

In Miniature Lecture & Reception

Thursday, February 23

5:30 p.m.

Emily G. Hanna, Ph.D., Small Treasures: Miniatures from Africa and the Americas


Miniature works of art play many roles in the cultures of Africa and the Americas.  Some serve as badges of identity, while others encode proverbs, or signify initiation status.  The upcoming lecture by Emily G. Hanna, Ph.D., Senior Curator and Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Birmingham Museum of Art, will focus on the symbolism and context of some of the tiny works in the exhibition.

Hanna received her master and doctoral degrees from The University of Iowa.  She joined the Birmingham Museum of Art in 2002 and has curated more than 25 exhibitions of African, African-American, Native American, Caribbean, and folk art in her time there.  Her most recent projects include a re-installation and expansion of the African permanent collection gallery (2013-2014), and the exhibitions Haitian Flags from the Cargo Collection (2015) and Arctic Beauty:  Inuit Art from Canada (2012).  Her publications include journal articles, exhibition catalogs and essays, book and exhibition reviews, and teacher training manuals.


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