By Lisa Denoncourt

Dogon dancers, wire-frame sculptures, and vibrant Kente cloth in the entrance of WPI’s George C. Gordon Library, brighten up a dreary winter’s day.  It’s Black History Month, and WPI is celebrating with a library full of culture.
African art specialist and researcher at Clark, Dr. Jean Borgatti is exhibiting a variety of African and African-American art.  Borgatti’s exhibit features samples of Yoruba Adire cloth and the fascinating history of Dutch Wax prints.  A stunning display of Kente cloth, recycled tin sculptures, and photos are located in the library’s entrance display cases.
Also on exhibit is the art of contemporary African American sculptor and conceptual/visual artist, Willie Cole.  Known for transforming ordinary domestic items into imaginative works of art, Cole’s work is found in many private and public collections and museums around the world (including a touring exhibit that came to the  Worcester Art Museum back in 2005).
Art exhibits and selected readings can be found throughout the library’s second and third floor, and is available for the public to explore. “We encourage visitors to visit the display cases and to sit down and read,” says Para Librarian Ginny Julian.  The exhibits are free to view and will run until the end of the month.
WPI George C. Gordon Library, 100 Institute Rd. Worcester, MA 01609, Main Information Desk: 508-831-5410, Reference: 508-831-6700, Hours:Sunday, noon – 1am; Monday – Thursday, 8am – 1am; Friday, 8am – 9pm; Saturday, 9am – 9pm.