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It was a child’s christening gown that inspired the exhibit “Sandria Hu: Archeological Dress.” Hu, a professor of art at the University of Houston — Clear Lake, was a Fulbright Scholar in the mid-1980s. As part of her research, Hu participated in archaeological excavations at an ancient Roman military camp in what is present-day Slovakia. The excavation team found the tomb of a little girl, her skeleton still intact. During her visit, Hu became friendly with several families in the area. As she prepared to leave, the family of a woman living in the United States gave Hu a hand-embroidered christening gown. It was a family heirloom they hoped Hu could get to their daughter (communication with the West was heavily monitored by the communist regime then in charge of the area). Hu eventually found the woman. The juxtaposition of the Roman skeleton and the present-day woman, both daughters lost and rediscovered, inspired Hu to create the work seen in “Archaeological Dress.” The exhibit features 20 collagraph prints, each showing a life-size impression of a child’s christening gown.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through December 13. Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, 6815 Cypresswood. For information, call 281-376-6322 or visit pearlmfa.org. Free.Olivia Flores Alvarez