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 Master Hand: Individuality and Creativity Among Yoruba Sculptors
A companion web site created for an exhibit held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1998. The exhibition examines individual creativity within the Yoruba carving tradition. The web site offers some ideas for educators, and a couple of short video clips of a sculptor carving a Gelede mask and another of a Gelede mask dance.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Hypertextile + Klikor Icon + Afevo + Blackhud Research Center
Hypertextile is the website of Luciano Ghersi, an Italian weaver who has been working with a community of Kente weavers from the town of Klikor in Ghana. Together they have started several web sites (all linked from Hypertextile) documenting the craft of Kente weaving among this particular group of Ewe weavers. The site continues to grow and is really reaching encyclopedic dimensions. There is much information on patterns, techniques, and individual weavers. From our point of view this site wins Best of the Web!
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture
This exhibit at the Met Museum "seeks to shed light on the act of human creation as a broad and recurrent theme of African art." While the exhibit includes works of 17 distinct African cultures, it "explores in depth the nuanced complexity of one noteworthy classical sculptural form, the ci wara antelope headdress of the Bamana people." The site includes video clips of ci wara dances.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora
Ethiopian Passages brings together the artworks of 10 contemporary artists working within the diaspora. The exhibit "asks how conditions of exile and movement have nurtured and helped define artists' oeuvres". The site includes video interviews of the artists. National Museum of African Art.
[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]
 Contact Zones : Colonial and Contemporary
This exhibition is offered by the Michael Stevenson Contemporary gallery in South Africa. It engages with themes of identities in sub-Saharan Africa, both in the colonial period and in the present day. "The works on exhibition illustrate the dynamic and creative role of artists in negotiating European and African identities in times when realities continue to evolve and alter rapidly... These works reflect the complexity of cross-cultural situations which are marked by misunderstanding, fear and admiration."
[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]
 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]
 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]
 African Voices
An exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. African Voices "examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa’s 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]
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