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Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi

Discussion Series Brings Museum Directors and Curators to Campus

August 21, 2014

“At Work with Artwork,” a roundtable discussion series co-organized by department graduate students Hannah Yohalem and Elizabeth Osenbaugh, brings museum directors and curators from a variety of institutions to campus to discuss their previous and current work, what they see as intellectual and professional opportunities in art history in the museum field, and where they envision the field of art history going in relation to museums in the future. Now in its second year, the popular series will continue with more museum professionals from across specialties adding their voices to the discussion.

The first event in this year’s series will feature Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, curator of African art at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art. A specialist in modern and contemporary African and African Diaspora arts, Nzewi is responsible for the documentation, preservation, research, and development of the Hood Museum’s African art collection, which encompasses some 1,900 objects from all regions of the continent dating from approximately 2040 BCE to the present. Trained as a sculptor at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he earned a B.A. in fine and applied art, he also holds a postgraduate diploma in museum and heritage studies from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, and a Ph.D. in art history from Emory University. He has curated exhibitions in Nigeria, South Africa, the United States, and Senegal.

Join us in Chancellor Green 105 at 4:45 pm on Friday, October 3, for an informative discussion with Dr. Nzewi.