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Helmet mask (detail). Unidentified artist. Wood; L. 102.9 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, African and Amerindian Purchase Fund, 1963.842

Helmet mask (detail). Unidentified artist. Wood; L. 102.9 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, African and Amerindian Purchase Fund, 1963.842

The Invisible Poro: Walking the Borderline between Visual Culture and Secrecy

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Recital Hall
Carolyn and Jack Lampl Jr. Family Recital Hall
Recital Hall, The Cleveland Museum of Art

About The Event

Masks related to poro, the secret society of the Senufo, are usually made to be seen by initiated members only. There is, however, a ritual act that nobody is allowed to see, the invisible poro. Even society elders who participate in the rite are not permitted to see it. Till Förster (University of Basel, Switzerland) analyzes how this restriction generates a particular kind of knowledge that separates the visible from the invisible.

Free, no reservations required.

In collaboration with the Art Department of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at CSU.