Nov 102004
Authors: Joanna Larez

Contacts’ Info:

Matt Helmer 491-6626 or

Abby Fledderjohn 491-2810 or


“From Zaire to the Congo: Arts of Central Africa” in Curfman

Gallery runs through Dec. 16

Gallery Hours:

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday

9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday

Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday

Take a break to visit Central Africa before the end of the


“From Zaire to the Congo: Arts of Central Africa” is on display

in the Curfman Gallery, located in the south end of the Lory

Student Center for the rest of the semester.

The exhibit gives a glimpse of more than pieces of art; it

includes a brush with another culture, from masks and weapons to

continuous African music.

“The exhibit is tangible. You are not limited to what a textbook

can tell you,” said Abby Fledderjohn, public relations intern for

the Curfman Gallery. “You are only limited to the extent of your


The exhibit is a display of items from the student center’s

Carlen Collection of African Art, according to press releases. The

collection was donated throughout 20 years by CSU alumnus John

Carlen and his wife Mary Pat Carlen, wrote Matthew Helmer,

coordinator for Campus Activities, in an e-mail interview.

“The final gift was made in December 2003, and this was our

first opportunity to exhibit this much of the collection since the

donation was completed,” Helmer wrote.

He said this is the most extensive display of the


“I think this exhibition, while by no means a definitive

narrative on the multitude of peoples and cultures in the Congo,

provides students with an experience (of another culture) in a

space that is familiar, comfortable and part of their everyday CSU

experience,” Helmer wrote.

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