UCLA Global Forum in Paris: Visite Privée Frapper le fer au Musée du Quai Branly

Monday, February 3, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Café Jacques, 27 Quai Branly
Paris, 75007

Chancellor Gene Block hosted a UCLA Global Forum in Paris for local alumni and friends. The evening event included a reception and exclusive private viewing of the Striking Iron exhibition at Musee du Quai Branly. Marla C. Berns, Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, provided guests with a private tour of the exhibition which was originally curated by the UCLA Fowler Museum.

About the Striking Iron Exhibition

Striking Iron is a major international traveling exhibition originally curated by the UCLA Fowler Museum. The exhibition reveals the history of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most basic natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, and astonishing artistry. Technologies of iron smelting and forging, which were first developed on the African continent roughly 2,500 years ago, require extraordinary innovation and sophistication. African smiths have transformed iron ore, one of earth’s most basic natural resources, into objects of utility, empowerment, prestige, ritual potency, and artistic expressiveness. The ability to create with iron is often understood as a divine gift, and those who effect its transformation are revered, and also feared, for their awesome capabilities.


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