SYMPOSIUM - Confluences: Museums, Ethnography and Art in the Work of Bill Siegmann

March 7th 2015 @ 10:00am to @ 4:00pm
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Indiana University
416 N Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405

This international symposium will explore the work of Bill Siegmann (1943-2011), a leading scholar on the arts of Liberia and Sierra Leone, who wrote extensively on those regions and on issues in museums and museum interpretation. The symposium is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Please email for more information and to preregister for the symposium.


The morning session will feature brief, prepared remarks addressing the depth and breadth of Bill's commitment to his work and to Liberia. Roundtable discussions will be held durnig the afternoon, exploring themes developed during the morning presentations. Presenters and participants include Chris Kreamer, Daniel Reed, Heinrich Schweizer, Jeanette Carter, MacArthur Pay-Bayee, Henriue Tokpa, Ruth Stone, Fatorma Bolay, Joseph Ngafua Bolay, Lester Monts, Patrick O'Meara, Svend Holsoe, and Mike Lee. The symposium will be facilitated by Ellen Sieber and Jason Jackson.


During breaks, the attendees are invited to view Photography from the Forest: Images by William Siegmann, an exhibition at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. In the evening, the Indiana University Art Museum will host the opening for Visions from the Forest, a major traveling exhibition developed by Bill.


The symposium is co-sponsored by the Siegmann Estate, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University's African Studies Program, the Indiana University Liberian Collections/African Studies Collection, Indiana University Libraries, and the Advanced Digitalization Lab at Indiana University.

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