NEWSLETTER OF THE ARTS COUNCIL
OF THE AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
NUMBERS 17-18 FALL/WINTER 1987
MINUTES OF THE BUSINESS MEETING ASA 1987 DENVER
Submitted by Mary Kujawski, Secretary/Treasurer
The meeting was called to order by out-going president, Phil Peek. Approximately fifty members were in
Sidney Kasfir announced that Robert Armstrong had died last May and spoke about several of his
contributions to African art studies. As director of African Studies at the University of Ibadan, he
facilitated many projects and publications. He was instrumental in starting the Odenani Museum and the
* EMI recording series and he encouraged the University to begin collecting contemporary art. He left a
considerable archives which Kasfir reports needs sorting. He is missed by all who knew him and were
helped by him.
Phil Peek announced the agenda for the balance of the meeting, then acknowledged the gargantuan efforts of
Roz Walker in the production and mailing of the Spring/Summer newsletter. He reminded the membership of
the need to volunteer and then follow through with panel suggestions for next year's ASA meeting in
Mary Kujawski reported that ACASA's bank balance is $3873.49. She passed around the current membership
list for corrections and additions.
Mary Jo Arnoldi prefaced her announcements regarding the ACASA Newsletter with a personal note of thanks
to Roz Walker for putting together the Spring/Summer Newsletter. The next edition will appear in December
with the 1988 membership renewal forms, to be followed by a March, July and October publication schedule.
ACASA will solicit new members by placing ads in the CAA and ASA newsletters.
The Board urged ACASA members to become members of the ASA in order that our interests can best be serve
in the association. Annual membership in the ASA is separate from the annual meeting registration.
The Board also urges that ACASA members who are art historians become members of the CAA again in order
that our interests can best be served within that organization.
Suzanne Blier reiterated the CAA news reported in the last Newsletter, namely that she has been in
correspondence with Susan Ball, executive director of the CAA, concerning the use of "Primitive Art" to
catagorize job listings and panel sessions including African Art. Ball agreed that the term is
inappropriate and Blier suggested to her that a listing Pre/Columbian/African/Oceanic/Native American is
no longer than several other listings in categories of Western art. Members are encouraged individually
to inundate the CAA Board with letters protesting inappropriate taxonomy and terminology for African art.
Blier encouraged ACASA members to consider other journals besides African Arts for the dissemination of
their research in the form of articles, book reviews etc. Those mentioned included Art Bulletin and Art
Lisa Aronson suggested that CAA members might consider organizing panels on broad topics of equal concern
to our colleagues across areas for CAA annual meetings. She gave the example of the topic Art and trade
which could be of interest to Classicists, and Medievalists as well as Africanists.
Phil Ravenhill reported that the West African Museums Project continues under the guidance of Claude
Ardouin, former director of the National Museum of Mali. Doran Ross reported on the collaborative textile
project between UCLA and the National Museum of Mali for the collection, research and exhibition of
textiles which is now in its second year. Mary Kujawski described efforts of the African National Museums
Project: with Allen Roberts she spent part of summer of 87 in Benin helping museum staff to establish
primary school programs based on the cultural heritage of Benin. Aspects of this program are funded by
the sale of T-shirts and postcards provided by the Benin museums directorate.
Chris Geary distributed a questionnaire prepared by the SSRC regarding resources and documentation in
African Humanities research. The SSRC is assessing the needs of humanities scholars in collecting,
preserving and disseminating information regarding African arts and other humanities scholarship. Geary
encouraged everyone to complete and return the questionnaire by December 15.
Phil Peek summarized the dialogue he printed in the last Newsletter regarding recommendations for changes
in African Arts.
1. Citations should be in the text with notes and bibliography immediately following. John Povey, in
attendance, reiterated his position that the length of notes has always been a problem. He allowed that
it might be possible to integrate the notes but that he didn't believe the authors would be able to keep
them to the length required to do so.
2. Articles and advertisements should be kept separate. John Povey responded that the journal attempts
to do so as far as possible but that it is a problem of layout.
3. Some orthography for proper representation of African languages should be adopted.
4. There should be more flexible policy about field photographs. Povey stated that he felt that they had
been flexible about this issue.
5. Contributors should receive proof sheets and indication of photo selection. Povey stated that the turn
around time was too short to accommodate this recommendation.
Other African Arts related questions were raised. Mikelle Omari asked about the policy concerning arts of
the Diaspora. Povey answered that there is no reason why articles on the Diaspora cannot be considered.
In answer to several questions concerning the availability of offprints Povey stated that the manner in
which the journal is bound and use of color photography makes the costs prohibitive.
Janet Stanley proposed that ACASA should provide subventions for subscriptions to African Art magazine for
selected libraries in Africa. The membership agreed that this was a good idea and the Board was charged
with investigating the best way to pursue the idea. Arnold Rubin mentioned we might explore getting USIA
to help send the publications, not only to help alleviate costs but to help ensure that the journals
arrive at their proper designations. Phil Ravenhill said that he would contact USIA about this matter.
ACASA is organizing a survey of Africa, Diaspora, and Afro-American Studies components in art and
anthropology departments across the United States. Such a survey would help in understanding the job
market; in advocating curriculum development; as well as generating information for those in these fields.
Suzanne Blier will head the survey of art departments; Mary Kujawski will head the survey of museums, and
Phil Ravenhill will head the survey of anthropology departments. Lisa Aronson and Marla Berns mentioned
the need to include textile and design departments in the survey. If any one would like to volunteer to
help with aspects of this survey, please contact the Chairs of the various sub-committees directly. All
help would be greatly appreciated.
1988 ACASA Panels for the ASA meetings in Chicago (see below). Concerning the 1988 Meetings Justine
Cordwell announced that colleagues at the new Weber Museum in Chicago were interested in organizing a
symposium to take place the day before the meetings. The general consensus was that the symposium would
enhance the meetings.
Regarding the question of disposal of fieldnotes, Jean Borgatti urged everyone to consider adding a rider
to their wills to the effect that slides and fieldnotes be desposited in an Institution of one's choice.
Members should explore the archives of various institutions to determine their requirements and
Chris Roy announced the Symposium on Arts and Initiation in Zaire to be held at Iowa University in 1988
Four Board Members were elected to a three year term. They are Mary Jo Arnoldi, Lisa Aronson, Fred Lamp
and Fred Smith. Suzanne Blier, Phil Ravenhill, Doran Ross, and Chris Roy continue to serve on the Board.
Arnold Rubin finished his term (many thanks for his efforts and guidance). Phil Peek will serve in the
position of Past President.
The newly constituted Board met following the Annual Business Meeting. Doran Ross was elected President of
the Board. Mary Kujawski is the Secretary/Treasurer. Mary Jo Arnoldi is the Newsletter Editor. Suzanne
Blier and Chris Roy will serve on the Humanities Committee. Phil Ravenhill heads the Social Science
Fred Smith agreed to be the Program Chair for the 1988 ASA Meetings in Chicago. He will be aided
by Fred Lamp and Lisa Aronson.
ACASA PANELS FOR THE 1988 ASA MEETING IN CHICAGO
PROGRAM CHAIR Fred Smith, School of Art, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242. Please contact
Fred with suggestions for panels, papers etc. This is the first announcement and there will be an update
and deadline published in the March Newsletter. Remember PANEL CHAIRS are responsible for collecting all
the abstracts for papers, designating discussants and collecting checks for conference registration from
all panelists. These completed packets then should be sent to Fred who will organize and forward the
information directly to the ASA Program Chair in Chicago.
The 1988 ASA coincides with the 40th anniversary of Northwestern's African Studies Program. Because of
the legacy which Herskovits left us for the study of African arts this is an excellent opportunity for
ACASA panels to contribute to the 1988 meetings in a significant way. We might consider organizing a
series of panels and dedicate them to M.J. Herskovits that deal with issues he raised and any changes in
perspectives which have ensued in the past decades. If you are interested in pursuing this idea contact
A number of people have already proposed the following panel topics:
Economics and Traditional Art in Africa Eugene Burt
While there have been numerous studies on artist-patron interaction in Africa, little attention has been
focused on the economic factors which can influence the development of art. Papers for this panel should
focus on such topics as pricing, material costs, etc. as they apply to traditional art in Africa. My
paper would be entitled: "Economic Considerations in Traditional African Art: Historical Developments in
Kenya." If you would like further information or would like to submit a paper abstract please contact me
at P.O. Box 15453, Seattle, WA 98115. excellent
Sculpture of the Benue River Valley (roundtable) Arnold Rubin
As curator of a major exhibition on sculpture of the Benue River Valley I propose a roundtable
discussion of the catalogue sections being written by John Boston (Igala), Sidney Kasfir (Idoma), Richard
Fardon (Chamba) and Marla Berns (Upper Benue) and remaining areas by Arnold Rubin. Consultants on the
project include Roy Sieber, Paul Bohannan, Masao Yamaguchi, Ekpo Eyo, Charles Keil and Bertin Webster.
The consultants will prepare a 5-minute presentation based on the draft copy of the catalogue (the draft
text will be available at the meeting), followed by a discussion among the panel and with the audience.
African Art and Nature Martha Anderson and Christine Mullen Kreamer
The panel will explore how ideas about nature or wilderness are expressed in African art and might
concern manifestations of nature spirits in masquerades, figure sculpture, or ritual performance. It can
also include art which symbolically refers to nature without representing nature spirits or art which
incorporates or represents medicines which relate to the powers of nature. Papers on proxemics and ritual
performance will be considered as well as those which deal with sculpture. Send proposals to Christine
Mullen Kreamer, Research Associate, Dept. of Anthropology, NHB 112 Smithsonian Institution, Washington,
Female and Male: Asexuality or Androgyny in African Arts? Phil Peek.
Explicit sexual identification of the expressive manifestiations of non-human entities is not
universal in African arts. While there are frequent and often dramatic sexual metaphors utilized, there
are as well numerous instances where sexuality is ambigous or even denied. Our own cultural bias for
clear distinctions of maleness or femaleness many prevent proper recognition at the spiritual or suprahuman
level of the merging of these human categories in androgynous representations or the affirmation of
asexual identities. We hope to pursue this fascinating topic in all art forms. Please contact Phil Peek,
Department of Anthropology, Drew University, Mandison, New Jersey 07940.
Forty years without a Text roundtable chaired by Robin Poynor
Addresses the issue of a text for teaching African Art History.
Contact Robin Poynor, 102 FAA, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.
Writing and African Art Justine Cordwell, 437 West Belden Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Artists in South Africa Jean Kennedy, 996 Oak St. San Francisco, CA 94117
Methodology in the Diaspora Mikelle Smith Omari, Dept. of Art, California State University, 1250
Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840
ACASA SPONSORED PANELS AND RELATED ART PANELS AT THE ASA DENVER MEETING 1987
Art and Ideology Chair: Arnold Rubin Discussant: James Faris Papers: Christraud Geary "Art and
Political Manipulation: Examples from the Cameroon Grassfields"; Suzanne Preston Blier "Dahomeyan Art
and the Development of Divine Kingship"; Edward A. Alpers "Representation and the Historical
Consciousness in the Art of Modern Mozambique"
Recent Research I Chair: Phil Peek Papers: Frieda H. Tesfagiorgis "Becoming Visible: Modern Art by
African Woman"; Reinhild K. Janzen "The Use of Writing in the Work of Contemporary South African Artists";
Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje "A Comparison of African and African-American Fiddle Music"; James Wolff
"Americanizing Africa: Osa and Martin Johnson's Contributions"; Candice Goucher The Blooms of Banjeli:
Technology and Gender in African Iron Making (videotape)".
Power, Gender and Art: Male and Female Imagery in Africa and the Diaspora, I Chair: Mikell Smith Omari
Discussants: Robin Poyner and Jenanne Teilhet Papers: Warren d'Azevedo"Gola Womanhood and the Limits of
Masculine Omnipotence"; Marilyn Houlberg"From Cash Mdames to Macho Tricksters: Aspects of Gender in
Yoruba Art and Religion in Africa and the New World"; Delores Yonker "Three Faces of Erzulie: Woman in
Power, Gender, and Art: Male and Female Imagery in Africa and the Diaspora, H Chair: Mikelle Smith Omari
Discussant: Henry Drewal Papers: John Picton, "Things tha Go Bump in the Night: Or How to Keep Women in
Their Place"; Monni Adams" Power, Gender and Amt among the We(Guere) of Canton Boo"; D. Francine Farr
"Sande Power: A Re-Exmaination of Mende Power, Gender and Art"; Sidney Kasfir "Ideologies of Power and
Freedom in Lokop (Samburu) Body Art"
S Exploring the Lands of Do Chair: Patrick McNaughton Discussant: Martha Kendall. Papers: Charles Bird
"Reflections on the Etymolgies of Do"; Kathryn Green "Do Among the Mandekan speakers of Kong, Ivory
Coast"; Christopher Roy "Do in Wood and Leaves Among the Bobo and the Bwa"; Monica Blackmun Visona,
"Manifestations of Do in the Southern Ivory Coast"; Philip Ravenhill "The Do Masquerade of the Wan"
Shrine Configurations in the Study of African Art Chair: Christine Mullen Kreamer. Discussant: Thomas
Blakely Papers: Christine Mullen Kreamer "Spheres of Protection: Shrines of the Moba"; Pamela Blakely
"Shrines and Semi-Secret Societies in the Hemba World (Zaire); DenNis Warren "The Agbeni Shrine: A
Century of Continuity"; Robert Soppelsa, "An Ashante Shrine Figure"
African Textile Design, I Chair and Discussant: Lisa Aronson. Papers: Merrick Posnansky "Textile
Pattern, Meaning and Tradition in the Ewe Heartland of Togo"; Carol Thompson "Checkerboard Pattern as
Mande Motif in the Textiles of West Africa"; Rachel Hoffman" Islamic Symbols in Secular Contexts: The
African Textiles II Chair and Discussant: Lisa Aronson. Papers: Monni Adams "Irregularity in the Design
Structure of Middle African Textiles"; Karl-Ferdinant Schaedler, "The Ikaki/Oni Motif in Nigerian
Weaving"; Susan Domowitz, "Insults by the Yard: Anyi Proverb Cloth".
Recent Research H Chair: Judith Bettelheim Papers: Eugene Burt, "Tracking the Literature on African
Art: Building a Bibiographic Data Base"; Allen Roberts, "Mbote Art: Pygmoid Traditions in Southwestern
Zaire"; Mary Jujawski; "The African National Musuem's Program in Benin"; Judith Bettelhiem, "Carnival in
Cuba Today: Questions of Appropriation" Daniel Crowley, "National Identity in the Carnival of Guinea-
Contemporary African Art and Artists Chair:Jean Kennedy Discussant: John Povey. Papers: Gavin Janjes
"The South African Artist in Exile"; Solomon Wangboje "Art, Culture and Education"; Amir Nour "
Traditional Roots, Modern Expression"; Dele Jegede, "Contemporary Art in Nigeria: Past Perfect and
Present Continuous", Wosene Kosrof, "My Work as a Contemporary African Artist"; Acha Bebela, "African
Artist and Audience".
African Cermaic Arts: History and Identity in Clay, I Chair: Maria Berns, Papers: Eugene Burt, "The
Four Styles of Baluyia Pottery and the Origins of the Baluyia"; Carol Spindel, "Farmers Who Fire: The
Women Potters of the Nafarak Senufo"; Andrea Nicolls, "A Matter of Choice: Selection Processes in the
Service of Art, Specifically Pottery Making"; Jaxqueline Chanda, "A Mode of Establishing Roles and
African Cermaic Arts: History and Identity in Clay, H Chair: Marla Berns Discussant: Philip Ravenhill
Papers: Enid Schildkrout, Curtis Keim, Jill Hellman, "Pottery from Northeastern Zaire: Forms and
Variations in Historical Perspective"; Roderick McIntosh, "Ancient Terracottas Before the Symplegades
Gateway"; Maria Berns, "Ceramic Clues: Art and Historical Reconstruction in Northeastern Nigeria"
The Homed Mask in West Africa Chair:Peter Mark Papers: Fred Smith, "the Horned Helmet of the Upper
Region of Ghana: Stylistic Variation and Functionalist Significance"; Peter Mark, "Islamic Influence on
Horned Masks in Pre-Muslim Senegambia and Bissau"; Peter Weil, "Mande Horned Masks: Links to the
Senegambia"; Fred Lamp, "The Baga Horned Beast".
SSRC SPONSERED ART PANEL Paper: Paula Ben Amos, "Social Sciences Approaches to African Art"
GENERAL PANELS OF INTEREST FOR THE ARTS
Built Form, Space and Social Relationships I and II Chair: Mary Jo Arnoldi Discussants: Kris Hardin,
Risa Ellovitch. Papers: Ron Engard, "A House has Four Walls: Space, Movement, Built Form and Polity in
an African Kingdom"; Deborah Pellow, "African Renewal: Continuity in Change"; Susan Kent, "Bakgalagadi
Compound Spatial Patterning: A View of Sedentary Kalahari Domestic Space"; Norma Wolff, "A Comparison of
Socio-Cultural and Physical Factors Used to Determine Production Areas for Weaving in Hausa and Yoruba
Gender and Performance in West Africa Chair:Cynthia Schmidt Papers: Roderic Knight, "Women as Msuicians
and Patrons of Music in Mande Society"; Ruth Stone, "Gender, Time and Performance in the Woi Epic Among
the Kpelle of Liberia"; Barbara Hampton, "Sing and Shamne: Ga Women's Adaawe"; Margaret Drewal,
"Representations of Gender in Yoruba Dance".
The African Trickster Transformations Across Time, Space and Media Chair: Ralph Austen Papers: Donald
Cosentino, "Transformations of Eshu in Old and New World Mythology"; Marilyn Houlberg, "From Nigeria to
Los Angeles: The Transformation of Eshu in Art and Ritual"; Karen Keim, "The Transformation of the
Trickster in Cameroonian Literature"; Ralph Austen, "African Trickster Tales as Indigenous Social and
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
POSITION AVAILABLE AFRICAN ART HISTORIAN/ SEPTEMBER 1, 1988. Department of Art and Africa
Center, Michigan State Unversity, Assistant Professor. Tenure Track. Salary competitive.
This position requires research teaching and service at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the field
of traditional and contemporary arts of Africa and possibly the arts of other geographical areas. In
addition to the classical sculpture arts of Africa the candidate should have knowledge of other fields such
as decorative, shelter, and textile arts. Duties also include developing new courses in the fields, 4
participating in the History of Art survey course, and contributing to the reasessment of the departmental
curriculum to increase cross-cultural perspectives. Other assignments will include curatorial duties in
the African art collections housed in Kresge Art Museum and the MSU Museum and assisting in African
Studies Center programs concerning African Arts. Requirements: PhD, History of Art, with primary
research and publications in African art, demonstrable scholarly achievements, interest in curriculum
Please send curriculum vitae, addresses of referees and placement dossier to:
Irving Z. Taran, Chairperson, Department of Art, 113 Kresge Art Center, Michigan State Unversity, East
Lansing, MI 48824-1119.
Professor Rowland Abioudun, Head of the Department of Fine Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife,
Nigeria expects to be in the United States from February to Augustus 1988 and seeks speaking engagements
on various topics of African art and aesthetics. Contact him at the Art Department, Cleveland State
University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (tel: 216 687-2040).
THE WARREN M. ROBBINS LIBRARY The National Museum of African Art Library, Smithsonian Institution
named the WARREN M. ROBBINS LIBRARY in honor of the founder of the Museum at a dedication on Septe
Conference on Art and Initiation in Zaire The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History announces
the conference on Friday and Saturday April 22-23, 1988. Papers will be presented by Huguette Van Geluwe,
* Maesen, David Binkley, Patricia Darish, Allen Roberts, Renaat de Vische, Gwete Lema and Arthur Bourgeois.
For information contact Christopher Roy, School of Art and Art History The University of Iowa, Iowa City,
Iowa 52242 (tel 319 335-1777)
Historical Archeology in Africa (500-1500 AD) The Wiconsin African Studies program held its Fall
Symposium on October 10, 1987. Speakers included Susan Keech McIntosh, Rice University. "From Silent
Millenia to Revolutionary Millenia: Iron Age Transformations in the West African Sahel"; William Y. Adams,
University of Texas, Austin "Medieval Nubia: The Second Golden Age of Kush"; James Denbow, University of
Kentucky "Iron Age Hemneutics and the Ontogeny of Socio-Policital Transformation in the Kalahari"; Thomas
H. Wilson NEH, "Early East African Cities and the Swahili" Moderators Jan Vansina and Henry Bunn,
University of Wisconsin.
Chiefly Gowns and Regalia: Portraits of Siera Leonian Paramount Chiefs An exhibition of photographs by
Vera Viditz-Ward and accompanying text by Joseph Opala will be on exhibit from January 14-February 14,
1988 at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Center For African Art Opening at the Center on January 27 through April 17, 1988, Art/Artifact:
Art/Artifact: African Art in Anthropology Collections explores the shifitng definitions of the terms "art
and artifact" by examing the subtle and not so subtle influence exercised by museum installations. By
presenting similar objects in a recreated nineteenth century curiosity room, a natural history diorama,
and art museum display and a contemporary gallery setting, the exhibition demonstrates how museum
installations and the corresponding Western cultural values embodied in these institutions have changed
over time and have influenced and continue to influence the viewer's perception. The exhibition catalogue
is available to ACASA members at a 10% discount from the original price of $28.00 (paper) and
Another Center for African Art exhibition: Perspectives: Angles on African Art opens at the
Birmingham Museum of Art on January 31, 1988. The exhibition was cocurated by Ekpo Eyo, William Rubin,
Romare Bearden, Ivan Karp, Nancy Graves, James Baldwin, David Rockefeller, Lela Louakou, Iba N'Diaye and
Robert Farris Thompson. This exhibition explores the variety of ways which people view African art from
national patrimony to material for artists to draw upon in different ways. The catalog is also available
to ACASA members at a 10% discount from the original price of $24.95 (paper and $45.00 (cloth)
Exhibition on African Dress Under the direction of African Studies Program, Indiana University and the
Foundation for Cross Cultural Understanding in Washington, D.C. Chris Mullen Kremer is conducting a
preliminary research on African dress ensemble to lead to an exhibition. The focus of the exhibition
would be the "public self" as revealed in paired (if possible) complete ensembles from a variety of ethic
groups in sub-Saharan africa. Paired categories might include male/female, old/young, farmer/hunter, etc.
In addition special categories of dress -- initiation, marriage, contemporary political dress --are also
being considered. At this point Chris is trying to determine the availability and location of complete or
near complete ensembles in American, European and African Museums. Please contact Chris if you feel you
might have some information to contribute to the project. She is trying to build a list of consultants
who can contribute to the exhibition. Your suggestions of appropriate dress/categories from any group in
Africa will be much appreciated. Similarily if you are aware of significant written references to forms
and context of dress these references would be most helpful. Field collecting of ensembles might be built
into the planning proposal, so suggestions of locations, availabilities and contacts for this segment of
the project would be appreciated. Finally if you can think of others who might be interested in this
project please pass the information on to them. Thanks for your help and feel free to call if you have
any questions regarding the project. For those who have already been contacted Chris would appreciate if you
could return the information survey as soon as possible Christine Mullen Kreamer, Research Associate,
Dept. of Anthropology, NHB 112, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560. tel office 202 357-4733
or home 202-243-6780.
Ten Afro-American Quilters A Traveling Exhibition is being curated by Maude Southwell Wahiman, Associate
Professor and Chairperson, The Art Department, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816. tel
305 275 2676. Several dates in 1988,1989, 1990 are still available for booking. Please contact Dr.
Wahlman for information on the traveling exhibition. Rental cost is $900 for 6 weeks plus out-going
shipping. Dr. Wahlman is available to lecture on "African Symbols in Afro-American Textiles" for $400
plus travel and expenses. Brochures and posters are available for $5.54 each or $104 for 25 from Dr.
Henry J.Drewal is the guest curator for an exhibit at Hofstra University, N.Y. (January 31-April 30, 1988)
entitled "Shapes of the Mind: African Art from Long Island collections." Official opening on Sunday,
February 7, 1988, Emily Lowe Gallery.
Mary Jo Arnoldi is the guest curator for an exhibit at the Gallery of Art, University of Missouri-Kansas
City (Feb 5 March 15, 1988) entitled "Dressing the Head: More Than a Matter of Taste" The exhibition
features African headwear from throughout the continent from the collections of the Smithsonian (the
Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Man and the National Museum of African Art), UCLA Muse
Cultural History, and several private collections.
Freida Tesfagiorgis, Department of Afro-American Studies, Unversity of Wisconsin is presently working on a
major show on contemporary African art being planned for the Elvehjem Museum of Art for 1989.
The Artist and the Workshop in Traditional Africa Volume II of the Iowa Studies in African Art is now
available. Please order directly from Christopher Roy, The School of Art and Art History, University of
Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa 52242. The cost is $20.00 plus $1.00 postage and handling.
100 Peoples of Zaire and Their Sculpture Marc L. Felix 246 pages 3,000 line drawings. Text pages
contain information pertaining to history, social political organization, religion and sculpture. Price
$40.00 paper $60.00 cloth. Order directly from Marc L. Felix, 20 Ave. Marie-Clotilde 1170 Brussels,
Dro Carves a Feast Ladle and Masked Spirits of Nyor Diaple Video cassette by Barbara Johnson completed in
conjunction with the exhibition Four Dan Sculptors Two sequences together on one tape which runs 15
minutes. Available for $100 from Barbara Johnson, M.H. De Young Memorial Museum San Francisco, CA 94118
State 1/2 or 3/4 format.
To Dance is Human A Theory of Nonverbal Communication Judith Hanna Chicago: University of Chicago
Press, 1987. The book includes chapters of Ubakala Ibo dance-plays, African warrior dances and African
dances in urban areas.
* Funding for Anthropological Research Ed. Byuu Karen Cantrell and Denise Wallen, Phoenix: Oryx, 1986,
Anthropological Journals and Serials: An Analytical Guide Annotated Bibliography of Serials. New York:
Greenwood, 1987. $35.
Hemba Visual Communication and Space Thomas D. Blakely Foreword by Edward T. Hall. Lanham,
MD: University Press of America, Inc. 1988.
Dance, Sex, and Gender. Signs of Identity, Dominance, Defiance and Desire Judith Hanna
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, March 1988.
BICA Bulletin of Information on Computing and Anthropology BICA is produced irregularly and at present
it is free. Articles and Notes and Bits of Information are Welcome. To be added to the mailing list
contact Professor J. Davis, CSAC, Eliot College, The University, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NS England.
TRACE ELEMENTS Submitted by Janet Stanley ---And now for something light----"In the ivy snakepit of
academe research can be .....murder" Kathryn Lasky Knight, Trace Elements New York: Pocket Books, 1987.
A Murder Mystery set at the Peabody Museum and the Natural History Museum, Smithsonian.
THE WARREN M. ROBBINS LIBRARY
Janet Stanley, The Warren M. Robbins Library, NMAFA, Smithsonian The Library welcomes receiving
publications, catalogs, conference and seminar papers on any aspect of African material culture to
incorporate into our permanent collections. We are particularly interested in unpublished papers and
students theses. These materials will be cataloged and bound as necessary, or indexed, labeled and filed
*by subject. Embargoes or restrictions about copying or lending may be placed on any materials if authors'
In turn we offer inter-library loan service through: Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Central
Reference and Loan Service, Natural History Building, Room 27, Washington, D.C. 20560. We also conduct
literature searches on specific topics. We are grateful to those of you who have in the past sent us
publications and papers.
We are also developing a roster of African Material Cutlure Scholars, that is, colleagues working in sub-
Saharan Africa. It includes art historians, anthropologists, archeologists, and museologists arranged by
country. The purpose of this roster is to facilitate communication between scholars to provide the basis
for mailings. This list is available upon request. We will update with names of other scholars and you
bring them to our attention.
The Library also maintains an address list of African visual artists. It covers contemporary artists
working in Africa and elsewhere. At present the list has only 40 names and addresses but we plan to
enlarge and update regularly. It is available from the Warren M. Robbins Library, Smithsonian
Institution, 950 Independence Avenue, SW. Washington, D.C. 20560. (tel. 202 357-4875)
A note to authors: Please remember to send copies of your publications to appropriate university, museum
or national libraries in Africa or the Caribbean, particularly to ones in the countries where you worked
or about which you have written. We cannot assume these libraries will otherwise receive your
publications unless you take the initiative to carry out what is, after all, a scholarly courtesy.
Book donor agencies: two of many who send books overseas
The Brother's Brother Foundation, 824 Grandview Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15211-1442 (tel 412 431 1600)
The International Book Bank, 246 Woodwork Lane, Palatine, IL 60067, (tel 312 934-5300)
MARCH NEWSLETTER Send all news announcements, panel ideas, etc. to Mary Jo Arnoldi, Dept. of
Anthropology, NHB 112, Smithsonian, Washington D.C. 20560 by February 25, 1988 so it can be included in
the March newsletter. Because this Newsletter is so large, we have decided to run the potential logos in
the March newsletter. The March newsletter will also contain the 1988 ACASA Membership Roster.
1988 ACASA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Registration Form: Arts Council of the African Studies Association.
* Members and non-Members of the African Studies Association (USA) are invited to complete this
form and to remit dues for the current year according to the following schedule (check one):
(students and unemployed
or retired scholars)
Make checks payable to ACASA Please pay in $US
Members residing outside of the US should pay with a foreign draft drawn on a bank with an
affiliation in the US or with a postal money order payable in $US. Do not pay with stamps or
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