WMU News

Nigerian Sculptor returns for lecture/carving demonstration

January 27, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Nigerian sculptor Lamidi Fakeye will return to Western Michigan University Thursday, Feb. 26, for a free lecture/carving demonstration.

The event will run from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Room 2302 of Sangren Hall.

Fakeye, a traditional Yoruba wood carver, first visited the University in 1963 and has returned several times since then as an artist-in-residence and a visiting international scholar. Many of his sculptures are of the Yoruba people, who number 20 million and are the largest ethnic group in western Nigeria. He also has carved larger pieces, such as veranda posts and door panels.

During his visit, he will present WMU President Diether H. Haenicke with a door panel he carved in 1977. The University has purchased the piece to become part of its Permanent Art Collection.

The 78.5-by-32.25-inch panel was carved from a single piece of mahogany. It portrays three scenes featuring traditional and modern physicians. The piece will be on display in WMU's Sindecuse Health Center.

Fakeye will be coming to Kalamazoo via New York City, where he will lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Feb. 7. From Feb. 15-25, he will be featured in a number of events in the Battle Creek area as a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Expert in Residence.

For more information on Fakeye's schedule, persons may contact Dr. Bruce M. Haight, WMU professor of history, at (616) 387-5361.

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