Saturday, the Brooks Museum had a wonderful family day to celebrate “Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography,” and over 400 people in attendance. We had close to 150 view the film, “Anita’s Africa,” voted best documentary at the 2007 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. The two hands-on activities were a big hit. Visitors of all ages contributed to a “talking” mural, a project proposed by Ugandan artist Fred Mutebi, that posed the statement “Working Together to Make Memphis a Better Place.”
Children also made rhythm makers out of paper plates and dried beans.
We were pleaesd to see that visitors also spent time in both the “Snap Judgments” exhibit and “Voices from No Man’s Land,” an exhibit of Ugandan childrens art in the Education Gallery, curated by Curator of Education, Karleen Gardner. But the best part of the day were our two guest artists from Uganda. Sam Okello Kelo gave an absolutely wonderful performance that truly engaged the audience. At one point, nearly every child in the PACKED auditorium was on stage, and everyone in attendance learned something about African drumming.
And the print workshop by Fred Mutebi was also a big hit. Every seat in the studio was filled, and the families had a wonderful time learning the art of printmaking.