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Mary Sibande and Sophie Ntombikayise Take Central Court

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Emerging 29-year-old artist Mary Sibande lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. This work, the first in a U.S. museum collection, culminates Sibande’s series of sculptural installations featuring four generations of women in her family, all of whom worked as domestic servants. The name Sophie comes from a real and imagined collective narrative. The wonderfully overblown gown — an artificial hybrid costume of maid’s uniform and regal Victorian dress — provides the tableau on which Sibande unveils her story. Through Sophie-Ntombikayise, Sibande addresses the “traditional” role of black women in South Africa and other countries with a history of black servitude.

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  • Ongoing until Sunday, January 13, 2013
  • Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Miss., KU campus, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

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