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‘Objects of Power’ Exhibition Opens June 4 at UW Art Museum

May 31, 2016
ceremonial knife with six branching blades and a stylized bird at the top
“Mangbetu Ceremonial Knife” is among objects from the UW Art Museum’s collection that will be on view at the museum beginning Saturday, June 4. (On Loan from the Finley Collection)

A new summer exhibition, “Objects of Power: Artistry of Weapons Across Cultures,” will open Saturday, June 4, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, Aug. 6.

“Objects of Power: Artistry of Weapons Across Cultures” explores different ideas of power by examining objects such as weapons, armor, ceremonial objects and masks from the American West, Easter Island, Eurasian Steppe, Papua New Guinea, Central America and various areas of Africa.

While these objects embody many variations of uniqueness from cultures around the world, they also share common characteristics of warfare, rites of passage and spiritual power -- concepts that are universal across all cultures.

“The notion of power is illusive, relational, universal and resides in areas of our everyday lives,” says Nicole Crawford, curator of collections at the UW Art Museum. “Power has the capacity to bind, control, validate and influence.”

The exhibition, drawn from the Art Museum’s permanent collection, examines how power is expressed and harnessed within cultural objects.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622, visit the website at, or follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram.

Through its “Museum as Classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

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