African Art & The Diaspora

AFR/ARTH 292:

African Art & the Diaspora: From Ancient Concepts to Postcolonial Identities

We investigate the transmission and transformation of African art and culture and their ongoing significant impact on the continent, in Europe and in the Americas. This course explores the arts of primarily western and central Africa, including the communities of the Bakongo, Yoruba, and Mande, among many others. The influences of early European contact, the Middle Passage, colonialism and post-colonialism have affected art production and modes of representation in Africa and the African Diaspora for centuries. Documentary and commercial films will assist in framing these representations. The study of contemporary art and artists throughout the African Diaspora will allow for a particularly intriguing examination of post-modern constructions of African identity. Group discussion will be a critical part of each class session.

We went to New York City on October 27 to view the African Art Collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and to view the joint exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World at el Museo del Barrio and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Since the Studio Museum was closed the day we were in New York, we went to the Museum of Modern Art instead to check out a performance (what a treat!).

Here are pics from our trip to New York City

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