All Programs are FREE* with Suggested Museum Admission
(unless otherwise noted).
Members' Preview and Reception
Tuesday, February 12, 6–8 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 3 pm
Public and reserved tours for groups are available during this exhibition. Call 973-596-6613 to arrange a group tour.
Conducted by Special Exhibition Docents from The Essex County Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Lectures: Thursday Evenings at The Newark Museum
6:30–7 pm: Reception
7–8 pm: Lecture
Pre-registration is required, call 973-596-6613.
Memory, Material Culture and the African Diaspora
Abena Busia, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of Women Writing Africa Project, Rutgers, The State University of NJ
The Power of Touch: Women's Waist Beads of Ghana
Suzanne Gott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Aboriginal and Visual Arts, Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada
According to Asante customary beliefs, certain "precious" beads with miraculous powers of self-reproduction reside deep inside the earth, the sacred realm of Asase Yaa, the maternal earth deity. This presentation explores these beliefs as well as Asante customary practices centering on women's waist beads and their capacity to enhance female fertility through the power of touch.
Family Fun Workshop: Beading Extravaganza
Saturday, April 5, ongoing 1–4 pm
Express your creativity as you make your own works of art including beaded bracelets, necklaces and more with jewelry artist Marlene Kuser.
*Free admission made possible through the generosity of The Essex County Chapter of the Links, Inc. Additional assistance has also been provided by the Zonta Club of Essex County
Images from top to bottom:
Banner image: (detail) Strands of powder-glass waistbeads, 1980s, Ghana, Krobo artist, recycled glass, photo by Richard Goodbody, Collection of The Newark Museum
"Designed" powder glass beads, 1990 and 2005, Krobo region, photo by Richard Goodbody, Collection of The Newark Museum