Africa Global: Arts From Around the Atlantic

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Open, Lecture—Fall

The influx of African peoples into Europe, the United States, South America, and the Caribbean islands during the international slave trade of the 18th and early-19th centuries sparked a cultural transformation in these areas that endures to the present day. Beginning with the arts of the Antebellum South in the United States, we proceed to examine the African traditions present in the religious arts of Haiti, Cuba, and Brazil. We return to the United States to examine works by African American artists and finish with contemporary African artists, both those on the African continent and those living around the world. The social theories of diaspora formation, exile, immigration, transnationalism, and globalization will supplement lectures and art historical literature. Authors covered include James Clifford, Melville Herskovitz, Fernando Ortiz, Robert Farris Thompson, George Yúdice, Françoise Loinnet, Sharon Patton, and others. Artists engaged by this class will include Dave the Potter, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Meta Warrick Fuller, Sokari Douglas Camp, Yinka Shonibare, Ousmane Sow, Moustapha Dimé, Ndary Lo, Renée Stout, Santería and Vodou altar makers from Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, José Francisco Borges, Carrie Mae Weems, as well as individuals represented in major art exhibitions to be discussed by the class: The Dak’Art Biennale (2008 and 2012), A Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection (2004), The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994 (2001), and Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora (2003).