Adelman to Discuss Current Exhibit of African Art in Oct. 22 Presentation

photo from exhibit

Kenneth Adelman may be best known as a diplomat, policy analyst and political writer. But he is also an avid collector of African art.

Adelman recently donated a “significant collection of African masks and fetishes” from Zaire and the Congo area to Eastern Kentucky University. The collection, entitled “Congo Art,” will remain on display in EKU’s Giles Gallery through Oct. 23 and Adelman will visit the campus to discuss “The Joys and Risks of Collecting African Art.”

The presentation, free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Room 239 of the Campbell Building, in which the gallery is located. The talk is framed by a reception for Adelman that runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Adelman exhibit and talk are part of the University’s Inauguration Week festivities. Adelman will also present a Chautauqua lecture, “Reagan at Reykjavik: A Case Study in Strategizing,” on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Auditorium. That event is also free and open to the public.

“These are authentic pieces rather than a collection of things manufactured for the tourist trade,” said Herb Goodman, chair of EKU’s Department of Art and Design. “The gallery will be open during the reception so people can hear him and enjoy the collection. His talk should be very entertaining and informative.”

From 1975 to 1977, Adelman was Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and later a member of the Defense Policy Board. He also served as the deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for 2 ½ years, working with Jeane Kirkpatrick, and served as Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency for nearly five years. He was an adviser to President Ronald Reagan during the superpower summits between Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. He also served as a national editor of Washingtonian magazine for more than 17 years.

In 1975, Adelman participated in a Zaire River expedition, traveling down the Congo River on the 100th anniversary of Henry Stanley’s exploration.

For Giles Gallery hours, call 859-622-8135.

For a complete list of Inauguration Week activities at EKU, visit

Published on October 07, 2014

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