NEMSFEIMER OF THE ARTS COUNCIL
OF THE APRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
Number 6 Sumrer 1984
Art of East Africa Slire Project
African Urban Quarterly
Update: Smithsonian Institution Libraries,
African Art Branch
Announcement: ARTnews Studies in Art History
List of Bulletins, Connaissance des Arts Tribaux,
Association rules amis ru Musee Barhier-Mutller
Igho Arts Symposium arn Exhibition, UCLA
ACASA PANELS, African Studies Association, October 25-8, 1084, Los Anqeles
Thursday, 25 October:
I am, Studio Room
ICONOUOGICAL STUDIES IN AFRICAN ART: NMTHODS AND MIANIFG
Chair: Henry Drewal, Cleveland State Univ.
1. "Western Art Historical Methodology Applied to Traditional African Art:
Panofsky's paradigm and Agni Mma," Robert Soppelsa, Washburn Univ.
2. "Form and Meaninq in Yoruba Osuqbo Art," Henry Drewal, Cleveland State
3. "ARhiguitr in Benin Iconoqraohy," Barbara Blacknun, Mesa Colleqe.
4. "Tiblems of Identity in Benin Royal Art," Paula Ben Amos, Indiana
Discussant: Susan Vogel, Center for African Art.
1 pm, TBA
FESTIVAL ARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN: AN HISTORICAL OVERVIIh
Chair: Judith Bettelheim, San Francisco State Univ.
1. "Social History of Caribbean Festivals," Monica Schuler, Wayne State
2. "A History of Trinidad Carnival with Remarks on the Carihhean in
General," Daniel Crowley, U. C. Davis
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3. "Costume History of Caribbean Festivals," Zoe Perkins, St. Louis Art
Discussant: Rex Nettleford, Univ. of the West Indies
3 pm, TBA
FESTIVAL ARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN: AN ART HISTORICAL VIEW OF FESTIVAL TODAY
Chair: John Nunley, St. Louis Art Mus.
1. "Jonkonnu Festival in Jamaica and its Caribbean Relatives," Judith
Bettelheim, San Francisco State Univ.
2. "Trinidad Carnival Today," John Nunley, St. Louis Art Mus.
3. "Similarities and Differences in Haitian Rara and Carnival," Dolores
Yonker, California State Univ., Northridge
Discussant: Robert Thompson, Yale
1. pm, Studio Rm.
RECENT RESEARCH IN AFRICAN ART HISTORY I
Chair: Arnold Rubin, U.C.L.A.
1. "Ideology and Reality in Bahian Aso-Egun: An Analysis of the Role of
the Gods in the Cult of the Dead," Mikelle Omari, Univ. of Mass.
2. "Deistic Importance of the Yoruha 'Primary Colours,"' P.S.O. Aremu,
Univ. of Ife, Nigeria
3. "The Icons of Gebre Selassie: Ethiopian Icons in the Context of
Canonization Stories," Dan Bauer, Lafayete College, Pa.
4. "Is There Mangbetu Art?" Curtis Keim, Moravian College, Pa.
3 pm, Studio Rm.
RECENT RESEARCH IN AFRICAN ART HISTORY II
Chair: Arnold Rubin, U.C.L.A.
1. "Mammy Water: New World Oriqins?" Barbara Paxson
2. "Theatre as Shrine: the Yoruba Study," Sequn Akinhola, Univ. of Ife,
3. "Senufo Wbmen Potters of the Northern Ivorw Coast," Carol Spindel
4. "Gender Symbolism in a Matrilineal Society of West Africa," EuFenia
Shanklin, Trenton State College, N.J.
Friday 26 Oct.
9 am, Studio Rm.
ART AND ETHNIC BOUNDARIES IN THE IVORY COAST
ArAS\ NL no. 6 Surmmr 1934
Chair: Monica Visona, U.C. Sta. Barbara
1. "Art Styles Among the Senufo," Anita Glaze, Univ. of Ill.,
2. "The Do Masking Tradition," Phil Ravenhill, W. Af. Museums Project,
3. "The Lagoon Cultures and Their Neighbors," Monica Visona, U.C. Sta.
Pa rha ra
Discussant: Rene Bravmann, Univ. of Wash.
1 pm, Studio Rm.
CURRENT RESEARCH ON NIGERIAN/CAMEROONIAN D-RSS
Chair: Joanne B. Eicher, Univ. of Minn.
1. "Art and Decorum in Kalahari Dress," Catherine Dalv, Joanne Eicher,
Tonye Erekosima, Univ. of Minn.
2. "Continuity and Change in Igbo Dress," Fred Smith, Univ. of Minnesota
3. "Royal Cloths of Cameroon," Moira Harris, Minneapolis Inst. of Art
Discussant: Lisa Aronson, Univ.of Wisc., Stevens Point
3 pm, Studio Rm.
MASQUERADES IN THE IGBO BORDERLANDS
Chair: Jean Borqatti, Clark Univ.
1. "Northern Blo Age Grade Masauerades: Igbo Traditions on the West Bank
of the Niqer," Jean Borqatti, Clark Univ.
2. "Man's Masks, Women's Faces: Images of Sexuality and Aqgression in a
Warriors' Masouerade of Southeastern Niqeria," Sidney Kasfir, Boston Univ.
3. "Iqbo Arts and the Cross River Connection," Keith Nicklin, Horniman
4. "The Bush is a Different Town: Bush Spirits and Aqgression in Ijo
Culture," Martha Anderson, Alfrel Univ.
Discussant: Phil Peek, Drew Univ.
5:30 pm, Studio Rm.
ACASA ANNUAL MEETING
Chair: Roy Sieber, Nat. Mus. of Afr. Art
(Agenda to follow)
Saturday 27 October
10 am, Haines Hall 39, U.C.L.A.
ACASA NL no. 6 Summer 1984
Chair: Herbert Cole, U.C. Sta. Barbara
1. "The Historical and Cultural Backgrounds of Iqbo Masquerades," G.I.
Jones, Cambridge Univ.
2. "The Structure of Spirit Embodiment in Nsukka Iqbo Masqueradinq
Tradition," Rosalird Shaw & Keith Ray, Univ. of Niqeria, Nsukka
3. "Okpereqede," Bonnie Weston, U.C. Sta. Barbara
4. "Ekeleke is Man; his legs are Spirit," Herbert Cole, U.C. Sta. Barbara
Discussant: Obiora Udechukw1, Univ. of Nigeria, Nsukka
2:30 pm, Haines Hall 39, U.C.L.A.
STUDIES IN IGBO ART HISTORY
Chair: Simon Ottenberg, Univ. of Wash.
1. "The Meaning of Masking Experience in Afikpo Initiations," Simon
Ottenberg, Univ. of Wash.
2. "Ikoro: Heroic Drums of the Igbo," Chike Aniakor, Univ. of Nigeria,
3. "The Symbolism of Onitsha Regalia," Richard Henderson, Univ. of Ariz.,
4. ""Continuity and Change in Akwete Weaving," Lisa Aronson, Univ. of
Wisc., Stevens Point
Discussant: Herbert Cole, U.C. Sta. Barbara
Sunday 28 October
9 am, Studio Rm.
THE SHAPES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE: ISLAM AND ART IN WEST AFRICA
Chair: Ravmond Silverman, Univ. of Wash.
1. "Diffusion and Innovation -- Ramadan Procesions in the Seneqambia &
Sierra Leone," Judith Betelheim, San Francisco State Univ.
2. "Variations in Space and Time: Ramadan in Three Dyula Communities,"
Rene Bravmann, Univ. of Wash.
3. "At the Crossroads of Belief: The Islamic Presence in Yoruba
Creativity," Marilyn Houlberg, Art Inst. of Chicago
Discussant: Ivan Karp, National Mus. of Natural History (Smithsonian)
ACAS4 NL no. F Smrmer 1984
(Submissions should he tvned, include full citations, and he organized
according to the following headings, please: Appointments, Positions
Wanted, Publications, Exhibitions, Conferences/Symposia, Fieldwork Plans,
Dissertation Topics, Miscellaneous. Editor)
Paula Ben Amos has been appointed Associate Professor in the Denartment of
Anthropology, Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
Babatunde Lawal, Professor & Chairman, Dept. of Fine Arts, Univ. of Ife,
Ile-Ife, Nigeria is seeking short- and lonq-term lecturing and other
opportunities (e.g. Visiting Professor, Resident Scholar; public lectures,
special courses, seminars) in the United States during his 1984-5
Sabbatical Leave, effective August 1984 to September 1985. He holds the
B.A. (Hons.) in Fine Arts, Univ. of Nigeria, Nsukka (1966); MA (1968) Ph.D.
(1970) in African Art, Indiana Univ. Visiting Professor in African Art at
the Univ. of Ibadan, Harvard, Univ. of Sao Paulo & Univ. of Bahia (Brazil)
The African Studies Association/Crossroads Press has been approached bV the
Smithsonian Institution Libraries regarding publication of their African
Art: A Bibliographical Guide.
Janet Stanley & Richard Olaniyan, Ife, the Holy City of the Yoruba: An
Annotated Bibliography, Univ. of Ife Press, 1982. Chapters: History,
Religion, Art, Archaeology, Sociology and Demography, Miscellanv; 706
Prospective authors interested in contributing to the series of Bulletins
- Connaissance des Arts Tribaux published by the Assn. des amis Iu Musee
Barhier-Muller on objects in the museum's collections see attachment --
are invited to write to Giselle Eherhard, Curator, Musee Barbier-Muller, 4
rue de 1'Ecole-de-Chimie, CH-1 205 Geneve, Switzerland. (They also publish
excellent postcards of objects in their African (and other) collections;
also a spectacular little catalogue on Malian terracottas by Giselle
Eberbard, Art ancien du Mali: L'Afriaue revele un nouveau chapitre de son
histoire; no information on prices.)
"Luba Hemha: Unbekannte Meisterwerke," -- Luba, Hemba, and Luba-Hemba
collections of Museum fur Volkerkunde (Frankfurt), Hessisches Landesmuseum
(Darmstadt) and other local collections; 6 Sept. 1984 13 Jan. 1985;
catalogue now available (Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Museum fur VolkErkunde,
Schaumainkai 29, 6000 Frankfurt 70, West Germany): Luba Hemba: Werke
unbekannter Meister/Sculptures by Unknown Masters, 162 pp., 114 b/w illus.;
summary and catalogue entries in English; ISRN 3-88 270-350-4. Price: 15
IM + 3.10 DM packing and seamail postage.
College Art Association, Los Angeles, Thurs. 14 Sat. 16 February.
"Art History & Anthropology: The Intersection of Two Disciplines;"
ACASA NL no. r Summer 1984 6
Co-Chairs: Irene Winter, Univ. of Pa.; Joanna Williams, U.C. Berkeley
"Re-evaluatinq our Predecessors: Ethnograohic Art Historians Look Back;"
Chair: Janet Berlo, Univ. of Missouri/St. Louis
"Paleolithic Art: The State of the Question;" Chair: Donald Preziosi,
"Ornament and Artifact: Possibilities in Cultural Interpretation;" Chair:
Michael Conforti, Minneaoolis Inst. of Arts
"The Question of 'Meaning' in Islamic Art;" Chair: Priscilla Soucek, Inst.
of Fine Arts, N.Y. Univ.
"New Approaches in the Study of Style and Aesthetics in Mesoamerican Art;"
Chair: Esther Pasztory, Columbia Univ.
"Art and State Orqanization in Native Peru;" Chair: Cecelia Klein,
"The Ethos of Performance in African Art;" Jean Borqatti, Clark Univ.
K 1KL'U MAKOl' L
IFLA Art Libraries Section E
ART OF EAST AFRICA SLIDE PROJECT 111
The 1984 IFLA annual conference will take place in August in
Nairobi, Kenya. On that occasion the Art Libraries Section will present
a collection of slides of East African art to a designated library in Nairobi.
In keeping with the Section's mandate to encourage awareness,
understanding and discussion of art through art library collections, the
Section looks forward to the opportunity to make a contribution to the
cultural life of Kenya, and to the library community there. We hear time
and time again how the citizens of many African regions grow up unaware
of their peoples' rich cultural heritage. The works of art that represent
that heritage for the most part are far away in foreign museums. The aim
of the IFLA project is to gather from as many sources as possible a group
of slides representing the arts, crafts, design and architecture of present
day and historical East Africa. Today this region includes Kenya, Uganda
and Tanzania. The slides will be accompanied by a computer-produced
catalogue, and further documentation in the form of journal articles and
other printed sources.
We urge our library colleagues who are in a position to contribute
slides of objects in their own collections, or slides made from book illustra-
tions to participate in this important project. Any donation, however small
is welcome. If the collection contains duplicates it simply means that
more slides will be available for circulation. All donations will be acknow-
ledged in the presentation catalogue.
Please send unbound slides together with cataloguing
information by May 31 to: Mary F. Williamson, Fine Arts Bibliographer
Scott Library, York University
4700 Keele Street
Downsview, Ontario M3J 2R2 CANADA
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African Art Thesaurus. The Smithsonian Institution Libraries at its
African Art Branch has embarked on a project to develop a thesaurus
of African art terminology, which will be a controlled vocabulary
suitable to indexing and retrieving both written text and visual
images in the field of African art and adaptable both to manual and
automated systems. Indexable collections include published documents
(books, articles, theses, exhibit & auction catalogues, conference
papers, etc.), original slides & photographs, published photographs
and even museum objects.
The four main elements of the thesaurus are: (1) ethnic group names,
based on Murdock and modified as subsequent research and fieldwork
suggests; (2) specific object-types, e.g., gelede, nkisi, kente;
(3) descriptive names and categories, e.g., basketry, coiffure,
design, dance, doors, veranda posts; and (4) subject terms encompas-
sing broad or cross-cultural concepts, e.g., the art market, museums
in Africa, the artist in society, esthetics.
We expect the project to take two years and will entail three stages:
(1) the preliminary drawing up of lists of terms which will show
the relationships between terms through cross-references and clarifying
through scope notes and definitions; (2) reviewing and editing of the
terms by scholars in the field, and (3) testing the indexing and the
retrieval capabilities with sample sets of documents. We plan to
publish the final version of the African Art Thesaurus in some form,
although in use, the thesaurus will be continually reviewed, modified
and updated to reflect changes in the discipline itself.
Present Indexing at the National Museum of African Art Library. Over the
past four years, we have regularly indexed current literature and some
retrospective literature in the field of African art. This data is
maintained in a card file available to library users. The indexing
is selective and slanted to reflect the central interests of researchers
in African arts, and a locally devised list of subject headings provides
access to this file.
The African Art Thesaurus, however, when developed, will be applied,
allowing even more specific retrieval capabilities. Moreover, the
coverage of this file can be broadened to include, for example, auction
catalogues indexed at the individual item level.
Using this file and other resources in the African Art Library, we can
do literature searches on demand for students and scholars. Requests
for searches may be sent to the Librarian, National Museum of African
Art Library, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, DC 20560,
or telephone (202) 287-3490 extension 67.
Library Acquisitions List. The African Art Library prepares a monthly
acquisitions list of books, articles, catalogues and other publications,
which is available on request without charge.
African Art in Collections Bibliography. We are presently compiling a
bibliography of publications documenting African art in museums and
private collections. This compilation will provide access to informa-
tion about specific museums' collections of African art by geographical
location or by name of museum and about private collections of African
art by name of collector.
Beginning in 1984, ARTnews Books will initiate a new pub-
lishing program of dissertations in art history and art-
related dissertations in archaeology and anthropology. The
purpose of ARTnews Studies in Art History is to bring
innovative works by American scholars to the attention of
art historians, artists and the public. Titles will be selected
by a distinguished Board of Advisors, assuring publication
of works having intrinsic merit. Each volume in ARTnews
Studies in Art History will become an important addition
to an art library. In the future, we shall announce addition-
al members of our Board of Advisors and titles. For further
information and to be included on our mailing list, write:
ARTnews Books, 5 West 37th Street, New York, N.Y. 10018.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Walter A. Haas Professor of Art History
and Cooperative Professor of Law
Peter T. Furst
Professor of Anthropology
State University of New York, Albany
William Innes Homer
H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Art History
University of Delaware
Mary Elizabeth King
Director, The University Museum
New Mexico State University
John Rupert Martin
Marquand Professor of Art
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor
of Oriental Art
Jocelyn Penny Small
Director, U.S. Center,
BULLETIN CONNAISSANCE DES ARTS TRIBAUX
Public par 1'Association des amis du Musee Barbier-Muller
1. Dr. Philip C. Gifford
2. Marie-Claude Dupre
A PROPOS DU MASQUE TEKE DE LA COLLECTION BARBIER-MULLER
3. Prof Deborah Waite
A WOODEN FIGURE FROM THE SOUTHEASTERN SOLOMON
4. Irwin L. Tunis
THE BENIN PLAQUE
5. Dr. Bertil S6derberg
ANCESTOR FIGURES OF THE BABEMBE
6. Prof. George N. Preston
AN AKAN TERRACOTTA HEAD IN THE BARBIER-MULLER COLLECTION
7. Dr. George F. McDonald
A CARVED SERPENTINE PIPE FROM THE QUEEN CHARLOTTE
ISLANDS, BRITISH COLUMBIA
8. Steven Phelps
A SMALL FIGURE OF RAROTONGA, COOK ISLANDS
*9. Kent Watters
SUNGKIT WEAVING OF THE IBAN
10. Marie-Therese Brincard
UN BRACELET OGBONI DU MUSEE BARBIER-MULLER
11. Oystein Hjort
CHRISTIAN TOMB DOORS FROM SYRIA
12. Christopher Roy
MOSSI MASKS IN THE BARBIER-MULLER COLLECTION
LES MASQUES BOVINS DES ILES BISSAGOS
13. Dr. P. Voorhoeve
TWO BATAK TREE-BARK MANUSCRIPTS
14. Sitor Situmorang
A "PURIFICATION" CEREMONY AMONG THE BATAK
* 15. Ezio Bassani
UN CIMIER BAMBARA
16. Keith Nicklin
AN ANTHROPOMORPHIC BRONZE FROM THE CROSS RIVER
17. Jean Paul Barbier
QUELQUES BATONS MELANESIENS ORNES DE VISAGES
18. Robyn J. Maxwell
CEREMONIAL TEXTILES OF THE NGADA OF EASTERN INDONESIA
19. Abdul Kassim bin Ali
THE HIDDEN POWER OF SHAMAN MASKS FROM SARAWAK
20. Anita J. Glaze
"THE CHILDREN OF PORO" : A RE-EXAMINATION OF THE RYTHM-
POUNDER IN SENUFO ART, its form and meaning
21. David R. Simmons
THE SARAH BERNHARDT COLLECTION OF MAORI ART