African Blacksmiths, Swahili Artisans, Family Festivals


The Fowler Museum at UCLA is presenting the landmark survey “Striking Iron,” which surveys the sophisticated craftsmanship and symbolism of several pan-African blacksmithing traditions of many centuries. On view through Dec. 30, this acclaimed and engaging exhibition is unique for the viscerally evocative range of art in the service of worship, weddings, weaponry and workmanship.

Also on view, “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” examines the cultural intersections between and among peoples from the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, Africa, and Europe whose trade and migratory routes crisscrossed the Indian Ocean many times over.

The Fowler is hosing a free, family-friendly Arts of Africa Festival on Sunday, Nov. 4, as well as the two-day Striking…

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