Art of the Kuba

January 20 - February 17, 2009
The Art of the Kuba exhibition at Governors State University’s Visual Arts Gallery will bring the intricate artwork of the Kuba to the South Suburbs. The Kuba Kingdom is currently part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo although it remains the sole surviving traditional court of the many that once flourished in equatorial Africa. The artwork on display is a combination of rich textiles, intricate beadwork, overpowering masks and photographs.

The exhibition is enhanced by a Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences featuring Prince Ngoloshang Mbecky of the Kuba Royal Family. The prince will present video recordings of Kuba art and ritual in the current social and political setting on February 6 at 6:00 p.m. in Sherman Music Recital Hall. A reception will follow immediately after the presentation. The exhibit will also be open for viewing that evening until 9 p.m.

The Distinguished Lecture, reception, and art exhibit are free and open to the public. The Visual Arts Gallery is located in the E-Wing at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois. The Art of the Kuba Exhibition is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 20 through February 17. For more information, call (708) 534-4021.

Distinguished Lecture Series
Prince Ngoloshang Mbeky of the Kuba
(currently part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
February 6, 6:00 p.m. Sherman Recital Hall

Art of the Kuba Exhibit
Visual Arts Gallery
Reception February 6, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This event is part of a yearlong celebration of Governors State University’s 40th anniversary. GSU was founded in 1969 and continues to be a leader in providing educational opportunity and community service. For more information about GSU’s 40th Anniversary, visit

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