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Art Exhibition: Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

April 4, 2020 | 8:00 am - July 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm


Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women is the first major exhibition of Senegalese gold jewelry to date that focuses on the history of Senegal’s gold, from past to present, and the beauty and complexity of the way Senegalese women use ornament and fashion to present themselves. A key theme of the exhibition is the Senegalese concept of sañse (a Wolof word for dressing up or looking and feeling good). Good as Gold explores how a woman in a city like Dakar might use a piece of gold jewelry to build a carefully tailored, elegant fashion ensemble. Good as Gold opens to the public on April 4th—Senegal’s 60th Independence Day—and the museum is extending free admission to anyone wearing the colors of the Senegalese flag on that day.


Saturday, April 4 – Sunday, July 5, 2020
East Building, Level B, Meymandi Exhibition Gallery
North Carolina Museum of Art



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Passport to Senegal: Coffee Conversation with Lina Iris Viktor

Thursday, April 2 | 10:30 a.m.

East Building, SECU Auditorium, North Carolina Museum of Art

Arist Lina Iris Viktor will be in conversation discussing her site-specific installation at the NCMA. More information can be found here.


Opening Exhibition Event

Thursday, April 2 | 7:00 p.m.

East Building, North Carolina Museum of Art

Preview the exhibitions with Amanda M. Maples, curator of African art, and Linda Dougherty, chief curator and curator of contemporary art. Enjoy live entertainment and African-inspired light hors d’oeuvres. Artists Alun Be, Selly Raby Kane, Oumou Sy (Senegal’s ‘Queen of Couture’) and Lina Iris Viktor will be present.

Tickets and more information can be found here.


Passport to Senegal: Photography Studio

Saturday, April 4 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
East Building, Studio 1, North Carolina Museum of Art

Artist, photographer and architect Alun Be will lead a photography workshop on lighting and photographing dark skin from 1-4 pm. More information and to register here.


Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women is organized by Kevin D. Dumouchelle of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution. It is curated by Amanda Maples of the North Carolina Museum of Art. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.


April 4, 2020 | 8:00 am
July 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm
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