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Body Painting in Africa: Secret Messages and Hidden Meanings with Carol Beckwith FI'81 and Angela Fisher FI'95

Body painting is one of the oldest art forms in Africa. Evidence of its origins is found in the early African cave paintings and rock engravings dating back to the Stone Age. Using the skin as a canvas and the earth as a palette, body painting is performed not only for decoration, but to convey messages of availability, status, and position in society. The designs come from ancient sources, the paint from nature, and the colors are often associated with the ancestral world. The art of body painting is a celebration – life-affirming, transforming, spontaneous, and a signature of being alive.

For thirty years, American-born Carol Beckwith and Australian Angela Fisher have been documenting the fast-disappearing, traditional cultures of Africa. Since their original meeting in Kenya, the two photographers have travelled over 270,000 miles through forty countries and encountered more than 150 African cultures.

Date: 11/27/12

Time: 6PM Check In and Reception, 7PM Dinner Starts

Location: New York City Headquarters, 46 East 70th St., New York, NY

Member Ticket Price: $65

Guest Ticket Price: $70

Reservation Notes:

Dinners are open to Members and their guests. To make a reservation please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Club at 212-628-8383

Cancellation/”No Show” Policy

* If a reservation is canceled after Wednesday Nov. 21st there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
* Credit Cards provided for payment will be charged within 4 days prior to the event.
* There are no refunds for a “No Show” to a catered event.

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