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 Ousmane Sow
Ousmane Sow is a Senegalese artist whose work has been well received and admired throughout the world. His web site provides an extensive overview of his life and works, with many photographs, video clips, interviews and writings. And also his children's drawings...
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Modern African Art: a basic reading list
Compiled by Janet Stanley, National Museum of African Art Library, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The reading list gives extensive annotations of each entry, and is being updated continually.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World
"In Her Hands: Craftswomen Changing the World is a book of color photographs and intimate text about the courage and spirit of women -all poor, many illiterate- from around the world, who have taken charge of their lives by creating and selling traditional crafts." The crafts from Africa are the Ndebele beadmakers, Zulu basket weavers and Weya painters from Zimbabwe. This is the authors' web site with plenty of background information on their project, world crafts, and women artisans.
[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]
 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]
 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 of the Kwele: ancestor masks, bush spirit masks
An essay on the Art of the Kwele of Equatorial Africa, and in particular on the different types of masks known in private and public collections. Illustrated with many examples, and with a full bibliography. Published by Trbal Arts.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Other Africas: Images of Nigerian Modernity
This is a digital record of an exhibit held in 2002 at the University Museum of Southern Illinois University. "The objective of this exhibit is to offer images of Other Africas, perspectives that lead us away from the desolate and romanticized Africa of the Western imagination toward those places where African modernities are emerging." Two anthropologists take a look at modern-day Nigeria, among the areas of visual expression they focus on are the art in popular posters, on printed fabrics, and in the electronic media (with video clips from Nigerian movies on the site).
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
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