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MUTAMBO Exhibit Opens at VBHEC Sept. 18

The Old Dominion University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center will host a dazzling installation of 27 Zimbabwean stone carvings as a satellite display of the Norfolk Botanical Garden's outdoor MUTAMBO exhibition Sept. 18 through Oct. 12.

An opening reception, at 5 p.m. will be followed by a panel discussion at 7 p.m., on September 18, 2008. The events and exhibit, which are co-sponsored by Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University, are free and open to the public.

Dubbed "hauntingly evocative" by the London Evening Standard, and "perhaps the most important art form to emerge from Africa in this century" by Newsweek Magazine, the sculptures are created by artists of the Shona tribe, chiefly of Zimbabwe, Africa. MUTAMBO Curator Charles Harrison, director of Just Zimbabwe, Ltd. /The House of Stone, and Solomon Isekeije, professor of art, at Hampton University, will lead the panel discussion on the spiritual and political significance of the sculptures.

The installation may be viewed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., until October 12. The Virginia Beach Higher Education Center is at the corner of Princess Anne Road and Concert Drive. Parking for this event will be available in Lot 3.

This article was posted on: September 9, 2008

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