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Opening Reception for West African and Cuban exhibitions

Thursday, September 5, 2019
4:30pm – 7:00pm

Storrs Campus
The William Benton Museum of Art

Join us for an Opening Reception at The Benton Museum for "Souvenirs D'Afrique: Arts of Africa from the Collection of Janine and Josef Gugler", and for "The Lure of Cuba: Reginald Marsh's Tropical Watercolors, 1924-1930".

RSVP appreciated to or 860-486-4520. FREE. Open to everyone.

Cash Bar; Light hors d'oeuvres Remarks at 5:30

From 5:00-6:30pm enjoy live music by performers from the musical FELA! playing a variant of Fela’s music. FELA aKUsTIc is a radical reinterpretation of the music of Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti. Fela’s 15+ piece orchestra has been stripped down to a 3-piece band featuring: Duain Richmond (who played the role of Fela on Broadway) on vocals, Ricky Quinones (from the Broadway musical) on guitar, and Domenica Fossati, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Fela Kuti was from Nigeria—where the majority of the collection in the Souvenirs d’Afrique exhibition was compiled in the early 1960s. Fela’s popularity peaked in the 1970s but he started playing in the 60s in the Nigerian Afrobeat and highlife scene in Lagos.

More information about the exhibition at

Image Credit: Igbo Maiden Mask (collected in Ukpo-Ak-pu, Nigeria, 1961 by Janine and Josef Gugler). This mask is unused by was intended for ritual masquerade. Collection of the Benton Museum.


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