HISTART 208 - Introduction to African Art
Section: 001 100 African Objects
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Cost:
50-100
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

This course offers an introduction to the rich and varied visual practices of Africa. We begin by considering the images of Africa with which we, in America, are familiar, and how these images communicate what (we think) we know about Africa. What ideas come to mind when we encounter places like The Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World? Or view music videos like Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’? While these may seem benign and entertaining experiences, they, in fact, evoke an incomplete and distorted understanding of the continent.

Throughout the semester, we will confront these stereotypes through an examination of 100 compelling objects representing a variety of visual practices, both historical and contemporary. For example, studying Southern African rock art (ca. 26,000 BCE) or Kuba royal sculptures (17th century CE), offer evidence of a continent with a history, thus countering the idea that African societies are ‘frozen in time’ and that their ‘traditions’ never change. The contemporary work of artists based in Africa’s cities whose paintings, sculptures, and installations can be seen in museums worldwide, demonstrate the global impact of a continent that is often dismissed as contributing little to the modern world. HISTART category for concentration distributions: B. Sub-Saharan Africa, 4. Modern and Contemporary.

Particular attention will be given to how Africa is represented in the museum and students will be provided exceptional opportunities to study the African collections at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Class Format:

Lecture and weekly discussion

HISTART 208 - Introduction to African Art
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
27288
Open
150
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
27289
Open
25
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
27290
Open
25
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
27291
Open
25
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
30828
Open
25
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
30829
Open
25
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
30830
Open
25
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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