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Detroit Institute of Arts Honors Kenyan Artist Magdalene Odundo African Art Recognition Award recipient to discuss her human-like vases

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) auxiliary Friends of African and    African American Art’s (FAAAA) annual African Art Recognition Award. The event includes a lecture.

Sunday, October 26, 2 p.m.

Magdalene Odundo, this year’s recipient of the African Art Recognition Award. Odundo’s elegant ceramic vessels are characterized by human-like forms and attributes and graceful silhouettes. The smooth, finished surfaces belie the hand-coiled techniques she uses to patiently build up her thin-walled vases and pots.

Odundo grew up in Kenya, then lived and studied in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the Americas, and Asia. Through her keen eye and hand, she synthesizes designs from these ancient cultural traditions to produce contemporary forms all her own. 

The Detroit Institute of Arts’ auditorium, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Free with museum admission.

The DIA established the award to honor the contributions of scholars, artists and collectors who have made significant contributions to the field of African art.

Hours and admission:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $4 for youth ages 6-17. DIA members are admitted free. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or see the website at


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA),located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is one of the premier art museums in the United States and home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

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