PHILADELPHIA â€” â€śKings, Chiefs and Women of Power: Images From Nigeria,â€ť which opens at the University of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Arthur Ross Gallery on Nov. 14, is an exhibit of 30 large Cibachrome prints by Phyllis Galembo.
These photographs, taken in 1993-1994, highlight the costumes, customs and traditions of the Benin and southern Nigerian communities.
Special events include a lectures on â€śRitual Dress, Costume and Masqueradeâ€ť with the photographer Galembo on Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. and â€śStatus Symbols: Ritual and Political Impressions in Southern Nigeriaâ€ť with Kathy Curnow, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropologyâ€™s guest curator on Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m.
Penn Museum will display 19th and early 20th century Benin and southern Nigeria objects of prestige to provide a greater cultural context.
â€śKings, Chiefs and Women of Powerâ€ť runs at the Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St., through Jan. 18. The exhibit runs concurrently with â€śIyare! Splendor and Tension in Beninâ€™s Palace Theaterâ€ť at Penn Museum from Nov. 8 to March 10.
Arthur Ross Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and weekends noon-5 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.
Additional information is available at www.upenn.edu/ARG or 215-898-2083.