By Tom Strini
Third Coast Daily
May 16, 2013
A picture of Ferne Caulker, at play on a beach in Sierra Leone as a little girl, hangs on a lobby wall over part of her late mother’s collection of ceramic figurines — salt shakers and such — that depict African Americans in stereotypical ways. A picture of her late father, looking sharp in a business suit, isn’t far away from a photo of Lorenzo Dow Turner, one of the earliest scholars of African-American history.
Those who attend the first of Caulker’s “Sweet Grass Project” shows Friday and Saturday (May 17) will see all that and more in an exhibit on the way into the Mitchell Hall Chamber Dance Theater at UWM. Within they will see 14 dancers, drawn from the African Dance track that Caulker pioneered in the UWM dance department and from her Ko-Thi Dance Company, perform a 40-minute piece steeped in the Gullah culture of the coastal islands of Carolina...
Visit Third Coast Daily to read the full article.