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 The Art of Burkina Faso
By Christopher D. Roy, Professor of Art History at the University of Iowa. This extensive text examines the history of the various peoples who live in present day Burkina Faso. Various crafting traditions are examined - furniture, pottery, jewelry, weaving - with particular attention to the masking traditions. There is also a cross-cultural comparative stylistic summary for the various peoples of the region - Mossi, Gurunsi, Bwa, Bobo, Marka-Dafing. Great ethnographic images (click on the embedded links to see them).
[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]
 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]
 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]
 National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian
Explore the museum's collections as well as its past exhibitions of "tradition-based" as well as contemporary arts. The site produces special web presentations for most of its exhibitions, and an archive of these is available online. In the collection area of the site you are able to search over 1400 works in its database.
[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]
 Lamidi Olonade Fakeye: Yoruba Master Sculptor
"This retrospective presents four decades of wood sculpture—the artistic legacy of Lamidi Fakeye, a fifth generation member of the celebrated Fakeye woodcarving family of Ila Orangun, Nigeria." This excellent web site was produced as part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Judy Decker's Art Education Resources
This site was created by Judy Decker, an art teacher. It should be a great resource for other art teachers who are looking for interesting content on the internet. Under "lesson plans" there are several ideas for incorporating african art into the classroom, and also samples of student work (which is great!). There is also a valuable collection of African art links. Browse around the site, there is a lot more there relating to Africa than you might notice at first.
[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]
 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]
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