Culture Fix: Marla C. Berns on Rina Banerjee

Enjoy this Culture Fix with Marla C. Berns, Shirley & Ralph Shapiro Director of the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

About the Speaker:
Marla C. Berns has served as the Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director of the Fowler Museum at UCLA since 2001. Her publishing and curatorial work has concentrated on women’s arts of Northeastern Nigeria and encompasses ceramic sculpture, decorated gourds, programs of body scarification, and issues of gender and identity. Berns served as the lead curator of the major international traveling exhibition, Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley, which premiered at the Fowler in 2011. She also was co-editor and author of its accompanying publication, which won the 2014 ACASA (Arts Council of the African Studies Association) Arnold Rubin Book Award. She is project director and co-curator of the international traveling exhibition, Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths, which opened at the Fowler in June 2018 and is currently at the musee du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. It received the Award for Curatorial Excellence in 2019 from the Association of Art Museum Curators. In 2013 Berns received the medal of chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.



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