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 Akan Cultural Symbols Project
"This project is designed as an educational resource to show the relationships between Akan visual arts and Akan verbal genres." The web site has sections covering various arts of Ghana: architecture, metal casting, textiles, wood carving and pottery. The site's authors have also produced a book Cloth as Metaphor which can be ordered from the site.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Africa: The Art of a Continent
This web site is a companion to an exhibition held at the Guggenheim Museum in 1996. "While the primary emphasis in the selection has been aesthetic, the installation presents the works of art in a geographical and historical context and offers descriptions of their cultural uses and symbolic meanings insofar as these are known to scholars."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Yoruba and Akan Art in Wood and Metal
This is an on-line catalog of an exhibit presented in 1994 at the Lakeview Museum in Illinois. One of the earliest web exhibits, it's still online. Essays on Yoruba art in wood and metal, and on Akan goldweights.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 African Voices
An exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. African Voices "examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africaís peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment". This companion web site is a very rich multimedia presentation. In the area of arts you will find Paa Joe, a Ghanaian coffin maker, Lamidi Fakeye, a Yoruba scupltor, Kenyan carver Ali Helewa, Malian sculptor Siriman Fane, Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali among others. Of special note is the Discovering Mudcloth section.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 African Connections: Perspectives on Collecting Culture
This exhibit presents some of the gifts of artifacts given by donors to the Michigan State University Museumís collection of African art. Along with the pieces and information about these, there are "statements prepared by each of the major donors/collectors that provide insights into the meaning of some of the objects as well as how and why they were collected."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Art and Oracle: A Scholarly Resource of African Art and Rituals of Divination
"The 'Art and Oracle' exhibition presents African artifacts created to communicate with ancestors, spirits, and gods in order to obtain insight into human quandaries." This site is a companion to the exhibit held at the Met Museum in 2000, it includes 50 works from the exhibit, with extensive descriptions, 4 essays, maps of the peoples of Africa, a glossary and bibliography.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 William Itter collection of African Pottery
An impressive collection of pottery from a long list of peoples from all over Africa. Nupe, Yoruba, Hausa, Mambila, Mangbetu, Bamileke, Lobi, Dagari, Bamana, Dogon, Makonde, Zulu, and more...
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Passport to Paradise: Sufi Arts of Senegal and Beyond
"Passport to Paradise is an exhibition program concerning arts of the Mourides, a mystical Muslim movement originating in Senegal, West Africa." The exhibit was organized by the Fowler Museum of Cultural History. Includes artist biographies and educational materials.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Ethiopia: Traditions of Creativity
"This site celebrates the expressive cultures of Ethiopia. It is a place where one can learn about the rich and diverse aesthetic traditions of Ethiopia. At the heart of the site is a group of artist profiles that deal with the lives and work of eleven Ethiopian artists and artisans." Each artist profile consists of an autobiography, an essay that places the artist in a cultural context, a gallery of work and a bibliography. Crafts include basketry, painting, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and textiles. Curated by Prof. Silverman.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back
Companion web site to an exhibition held in 2002 at the Seattle Art Museum. "A dozen African and American artists/scholars have guided the museum staff in presenting African works with the creative elements that contextualize them, such as music, movements, staging, special effects and conversation." The web site features these artist-cunsultants with streaming audio and video.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
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