On Monday, the Wright Museum of Art welcomes John Nimis, assistant professor of African languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will deliver a lecture titled “Listening in on the Everyday: Popular Music in Congo-Kinshasa.” Nimis will discuss the study of popular culture as a way in to social and political questions "on the ground" in places where weak states and weak economies are an obstacle to more conventional research.
The lecture coincides with the opening “Africa Today: The Politics of Belonging, Memory and Statehood.” This art exhibit is a showing of contemporary South African art curated by Professor Rachel Ellet’s political science class. The exhibit draws on objects from the Chazen Museum, the Falcouner Gallery at Grinnell College, and artwork that Ellet and Wright Museum staff were able to acquire from the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a collection of works assembled by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Prints and Drawings John Hitchcock.
The exhibit will be available for viewing as early as 12 p.m., with the lecture beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Wright Museum. The Beloit community is encouraged to attend the lecture and view the exhibit. The faculty and student curators will be on hand to discuss the artwork; refreshments will be served.