Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence, on view at the Chrysler Museum through Feb. 24, 2019, showcases a new form of textile art known as the ndwango and presents a story of rural South African women overcoming hardships and illness to achieve artistic significance and economic independence.
Since 2006, the Ubuhle community has lost five artists to HIV/AIDS and other illnesses—nearly halving the number of active artists. Join Carolyn Swan Needell, Ph.D., the Chrysler Museum’s Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass, on World Aids Day for an exploration of the stories and memories encoded within the intricately beaded artworks of the Ubuhle Women.
Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence was developed by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC, in cooperation with curators Bev Gibson, James Green, and Ubuhle Beads, and is organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Free.