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Fall exhibition explores ethnicities in modern Burma

August 27, 2014

Dressing Difference: Exploring Ethnicities in Modern BurmaThe NIU Art Museum and the NIU Center for Burma Studies are hosting “Dressing Difference: Exploring Ethnicities in Modern Burma,” an exhibition on display at the museum through Saturday, Nov. 15.

Questioning concepts of ethnicity and gender through costume and body adornment, the artwork has come from the Burma art collections at NIU and Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a symposium titled “Imaging the Others: The Art of Ethnography in Modern Burma” is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18, and Friday, Sept. 19. All are welcome to attend.

“Dressing Difference” features seven selected ethnic groups: the Chin, Naga, Kachin, Lahu, Shan, Wa, Karen and the Bamar. Visitors are invited to explore these groups and examine such notions through the multi-faceted lens of costume, headcovering, jewelry, weaponry and the art of smoking.

Co-curators are Sherry Harlacher, director of the Denison Museum; and Catherine Raymond, curator of the Burma Collection at NIU and director of the Center for Burma Studies. The exhibition will travel to Denison University in the spring semester of 2015.

Catherine Raymond

Catherine Raymond

Located on the west-end first floor of Altgeld Hall, the galleries are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment for group tours.

Exhibitions and lectures are free; donations are appreciated.

Pay parking is available in the visitor’s lot on Carroll Avenue and at metered spots in front of Altgeld Hall. Free parking is available Saturdays and during receptions and visiting artist lectures in the lot northeast of Gilbert and College Drives.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the Friends of the NIU Art Museum; and the Dean’s Circle of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, NIU Foundation.

Additional programming and exhibition support came from The Allen Series Fund, Division of Art History, NIU School of Art; the NIU Graduate School; the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts; and Denison University and the William A. Hensley Endowment.

Call (815) 753-1936 for more information.