Join us in celebrating the Year of South Africa with this exhibition in the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, November 3, 2014–June 30, 2015
Open Monday–Thursday 7:30 AM–10 PM, Friday 7:30 AM–5 PM, Saturday and Sunday 8 AM–5 PM; check schedule for exceptions and holidays.
Safeguarded by one of the most progressive constitutions in the modern world, the Republic of South Africa is a country of both notable achievement and potential. It is a land endowed by nature with brilliant light, variable skies, and spectacular vistas, where myth is as sustaining as reality. Spanning a compelling history from being one of the cradles of humankind to becoming one of the most prosperous nations in Africa, this exhibition will explore the pluralistic and multiethnic society, as well as the mosaic of ecosystems that thrive in the continent’s most southern nation. With almost 2,000 miles of coastline along both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and an astounding topography of majestic mountains, deep valleys, dense forests, arid deserts, vast savannas, and lofty plateaus, South Africa has become famous for its biodiversity, and especially for the maintenance of its natural habitats and wildlife preserves that are home to amazing endemic flora and fauna. South Africa’s remarkable struggle for freedom from the harsh imprint of European colonization and segregationist ideology has spawned an explosion of internationally acclaimed art, literature, theater, and social commentary that celebrates the diversity of a shared cultural and political memory that could have originated only in post-apartheid South Africa.
Curated by Sevastoula Kasparian, Paul Remeczki, Suzanna Simor + Alexandra Lee Small, with contributions by Alexandra de Luise, Donna Schultz, Robert Dourandi, Miguel Matos, Fitzcarl Anthony Reid, Lea Salzano, Amanda Samaroo, Daniel Sangemino + Bruce Jeffrey. Presented by Queens College Art Library as part of the Year of South Africa programming at Queens College.
Visit the Art Library/Barham Rotunda page for the exhibition catalog, images, and video links.