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NEWSLETTER


NEWSLETTER OF THE ARTS COUNCIL
OF THE AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
NUMBER 22 MARCH 1989


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ACASA Board of Directors

Doran Ross, President
Mary Jo Arnoldi
Lisa Aronson
Suzanne Blier
Frederick Lamp
Phil Peek
Philip Ravenhill
Christopher Roy
Fred Smith


Secretary/Treasurer


Mary Jo Arnoldi
Department of Anthropology
NHB 112
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C. 20560


Lisa Aronson
Art Department
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(for membership information)


Newsletter Editor


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ACASA NEWSLETTER



ELECTIONS FOR ACASA BOARD

Elections for ACASA Board of Directors will be
held at the 1989 Triennial Business Meeting. In
accordance with the By-laws Article VI the
Board of Directors nominates the following
slate:

Lisa Aronson Secretary-Treasurer
Phil Ravenhill for 1/2 term to Board of
Directors to replace Lisa Aronson who is
resigning to run for the position of
Secretary/Treasurer.

Board of Directors' nominees for full term on the
ACASA Board :

Maria Berns
David Binkley
Barbara Frank
Mikelle Smith Omari

BY-LAWS ARTICLE VI: ELECTIONS

Officers may also be nominated by written
petition of: (a) ten or more members, filed with
the Secretary/Treasurer not less than twenty
days prior to the Annual Meeting [Business
Meeting at 1989 Triennial] or (b) twenty or more
members filed with the Secretary/Treasurer at
the start of that session of the Annual Business
Meeting [Business Meeting at 1989 Triennial] in
order to have their names placed in nomination,
the nominators must provide the presiding
officer with a written statement of such
candidates' agreement to being nominated and
willingness to serve if elected.

TRIENNIAL UPDATE

The Program Committee has received a number
of abstracts for panels and papers for the
Triennial. Presentors will be notified in writing in
the coming month by the Committee of the
place and time of their panel. The preliminary
program will be published in the May ACASA
Newsletter.

ACASA Members will receive a separate mailing
from the Office of Conference Services,
Smithsonian Institution. This mailing will include
Hotel Registration Forms and Conference and
Awards Banquet Registration Forms. The
Conference Hotel is the Omni Shoreham, 2500


NUMBER 22 / MARCH 1989


Calvert St. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008. If you
have not received your Hotel registration form
please contact the Omni Shoreham directly at
202-234-0700 or Telex 710/822-0142. In order
to receive the Conference rate please identify
the request for "1989 Triennial Symposium of
African Art" The conference rate extends from
June 14 through June 17, 1989. Because these
rooms are blocked for the Conference, the
nationwide Omni reservations number can not
handle your reservations and you need to
contact the Washington Omni Shoreham itself.
To receive the Conference rate reservations
must be made by May 14, 1989. Single
$85.00, double $95.00 per night.

If you have not received your Conference
Registration and Awards Banquet forms, please
contact:

Victoria Nolton, Office of Conference
Services, S.Dillon Ripley Center, Suite 3123,
Washington, D.C. 20560. Tel. (202) 357-4281.
Telex 264729 SMTHSN UR Fax (202) 786-2557.
There is a limited number of spaces for the
Awards Banquet, so be sure to return the forms
as soon as possible.


Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award

The Arts Council of the African Studies
Association (ACASA) invites publishers to
nominate titles in the field of African arts for the
Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award in
African Arts. This award, first to be offered in
June 1989 at the Triennial Symposium on
African Arts, is awarded for excellence in
scholarship on the arts of Africa and the African
diaspora.

The award is offered triennially to a work of
original scholarship and excellence in visual
presentation which makes a significant
contribution to our understanding of African arts
and material culture. Four honorable mention
awards will also be made. The winning authors
and titles will be announced at the Triennial
Awards Banquet and will be published in the
ACASA NEWSLETTER and the ASA NEWS and
will earn the right to use the award designation
in publicity connected with the distribution of
the publication.

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directly by publishers and should meet these
guidelines:

1. Original scholarly monographs (including
exhibition catalogues) by one or two authors
published in English from 1986 through 1988.

2. Covers any subject in the visual arts and
material culture of Africa and the African
Diaspora -e.g. sculpture, graphic arts,
architecture, textiles including also the
performing arts, music and dance.
Photography as a subject is included, but books
of photographs without scholarly text are not.

3. Works dealing exclusively with Arabic North
Africa or European Africa fall out of the scope,
as do edited collections, symposium
proceedings, new editions of previously
published works, bibliographies, articles,
dissertations.

Publishers who wish to nominate a title or titles
should send one copy to each of the three
award committee members: Frederick Lamp,
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum
Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218; Jean Borgatti, 295
Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury, MA 01545; and
Janet Stanley, National Museum of African Art
Library, 950 Independence Ave. S.W.,
Washington D.C. 20560, by MARCH 15, 1989.

MEMBERS ARE URGED TO ENCOURAGE
THEIR PUBLISHERS TO SUBMIT COPIES OF
THEIR PUBLICATIONS TO THE COMMITTEE
FOR CONSIDERATION FOR THE RUBIN
AWARD.

Video and Film Program 1989 Triennial

There will be two sessions on videos and films
that are commercially available for rental or
purchase at the Triennial Symposium in June
1989. They will run on consecutive days and
repeat the same material, so that those who are
not able to attend one day can see the films
another day. All commercial distributors and
private producers of films and videos on art,
material culture, technology, ceremonies,
celebrations, festivals in Africa or the African
Diaspora are encouraged to send films (16mm
only) and videos (1/2 VHS or U-Matic) to Philip
Ravenhill, Head Curator, National Museum of
African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington,
D.C. 20560. Materials that are available for
rental or purchase should be accompanied by
appropriate order forms. Please send films and
videos to Dr. Ravenhill by June 5, 1989 for


presentation between June 15-17, 1989.

There will be additional opportunities during the
10/10 current research sessions for
independent scholars to show films and videos
that are not available commercially. These film
and video sessions are being organized by
Christopher Roy, The University of Iowa,
Department of Art and Art History, Iowa City, IA
52242. (319/335-1777 or 335-1727) Call or write
for additional information.


1989 ASA MEETING ATLANTA

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 32nd ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASA will
be held in Atlanta, GA from November 2-5,
1989. ACASA will be assisting the ASA Program
Chairman in putting together the arts panels.
The following ACASA Members have submitted
panel proposals. If you are interested in
submitting a paper abstract for one of these
panels, please contact the panel chair directly.

AFRICAN THOUGHT IN PAINT
A panel that pursues the thematic, symbolic,
and conceptual concerns of painted works: on
homes, bodies, canvas, hardboard or any other
surface. Art made for tourists is as appropriate
as art made for local consumption. The papers
should consider the sorts of ideas that drive the
artist, as well as those that drive their clients. I
would hope to receive a number of abstracts
that together will begin to explore the full range
of painting in Africa and that will address the
ways in which paintings and painters fit into
their "communities of interest".

Patrick McNaughton
School of Fine Arts
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

ANTHROPOMORPHIC AND
CEPHALOMORPHIC CERAMICS

Little work has been produced on
anthropomorphic and cephalomorphic
terracotta vessels. This panel will consider
styles, origins, function and use as well as any
correlation between form and function and
mythology in an attempt to examine questions
of history, social and/or ritual significance of
these vessels.
Those interested in participating on the panel


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should contact
Jacqueline Chanda
Art Department
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
(317)285-5676

THE RESPECTABLE MINIMUM IN AFRICAN
DRESS

Notions of propriety in dress vary widely
through time and space in Africa. Papers in this
panel should explore a group's definition of the
respectable minimum in African dress as it is
constructed for various contexts and how these
notions may change from context to context or
may have changed over time in response to
internal or external influences.

Michael Conner
821 West Sixth St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 334-0131

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN FIELD
COLLECTING IN AFRICA

Doran Ross and Mary Jo Arnoldi are seeking
participants for a panel on ethics and field
collecting. Making field collections of art and
material culture in Africa raise a number of
ethical considerations. In this panel we would
like to explore the full range of opportunities for
cultural conservation projects as well as the
responsibilities in terms of obligations to host
country institutions and to local communities
that these projects entail. In addition we would
hope to address scholarly responsibility towards
documentation which accompanies these
projects. Those interested in exploring these
and other aspects of this theme are invited to
submit paper abstracts to:

Doran Ross
Museum of Cultural History
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90024



The deadline for panel and paper proposals is
April 15, 1989. Please send completed panels
and/or paper abstracts to:

Mary Jo Arnoldi,
Dept. of Anthropology, NHB 112
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C. 20560.


The Executive Secretary of ASA has reassured
ACASA that there will be an opportunity to
finalize a few ACASA panels for the 1989 ASA
meetings at the Triennial symposium. However,
In order to ensure a panel slot for the ASA
meetings please, where possible, submit the
panels and paper abstracts to Mary Jo Arnoldi
by April 15, 1989.

PANELISTS PLEASE NOTE:

ANY SCHOLAR PLANNING TO GIVE A
PAPER AT THE ASA MEETINGS IS
REQUIRED TO BE BOTH A MEMBER IN
GOOD STANDING OF THE ASA AND TO BE
PRE-REGISTERED FOR THE ANNUAL
MEETING.

For ASA membership information contact:

Edna Bay, Executive Secretary
African Studies Association
Credit Union Building
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322

POSITIONS AVAILABLE/SCHOLARSHIPS

Artist in Residence. Denison University,
Granville, Ohio seeks a practicing artist to fill an
inter-disciplinary position in a nationally
recognized Black Studies Program with a lively
tradition of student involvement in the arts.
Some academic teaching experience in Black
Studies is preferable. Additional expertise in art
forms outside of candidate's speciality is
welcome. The residency will last for a full
academic year beginning August 29, 1989.

The Artist-in-Residence might develop a
program in some combination of one or more
fields in the arts -- dance, music, theatre and
cinema, visual arts working with faculty in
Denison's Fine Arts departments. The Artist-in-
Residence will be expected to teach 2
performance or studio art courses and 1 Black
Studies related course per semester. Letters of
application should include ideas for teaching,
and if appropriate, performances during
residency. Salary is competitive. Application
deadline is March 13, 1989. Letters of
application should be sent to the Office of the
Provost, Dension University, Granville, OH
43023.











THE STANLEY SCHOLARSHIP/GRADUATE
STUDY OF AFRICAN ART

The Graduate School of Iowa University is
accepting applications for THE STANLEY
SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRADUATE STUDY OF
AFRICAN ART leading to the Ph.D. In Art
History at the University of Iowa.

The Stanley Scholarship was established in
1984 in memory of C. Maxwell Stanley. Support
includes full graduate tuition for up to three
years, a 1/2 time (20 hrs/week) paid
research assistantship, support for research
in Africa and support for dissertation writing.

Students with a B.A. or M.A. in any discipline,
interested in the study of African Art are eligible.
For application forms and additional information
write to:

Graduate Admissions
Stanley Scholarship
Calvin Hall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

DEADLINE for all application materials, June
10, 1989 to begin study in the fall.

NEH SEEKS RESEARCH PROPOSALS

The National Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH) is encouraging young humanities
scholars specializing in Africa to seek research
funding. A shortage of graduate students and
young faculty in African literature, history and
other humanities fields has created funding
opportunities at NEH.

For first-time NEH applicants, the travel to
collections program is an excellent funding
source. It provides $750. to visit humanities
resources. Potential applicants for those and
other grants are urged to make contact with
NEH staff prior to proposal submission and
resubmiission.

INFORMATION SEARCH

Joanna P. Edwards, University of Wisconsin -
Whitewater is curating a traveling exhibition of
country cloths from the traditional tripod loo,s of
the Mende of Sierra Leone. The exhibition is
scheduled to open September 1, 1989 at the
UW-Whitewater campus and will then travel to
five other University of Wisconsin campuses.
Persons with information on


individuals/organizations owining exhibition
quality cloths from this area, please contact
Joanna at the following address:

Dr. Joanna Edwards
Art Department
University of Wisconsin -Whitewater
Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190
(414) 472-1346 or 472-1324.

HURRICANE GILBERT RELIEF DRIVE

The Library at the University of the West Indies,
Kingston, Jamaica was destroyed by Hurrican
Gilbert in October 1988. A Hurricane Gilbert
Relief Drive was announced by City University of
New York chancellor Josph S. Murphy shortly
thereafter, and since that announcement an Ad
Hoc Librarians' Group at LaGuardia Community
College has stared a grassroots effort to get
forms of assistance to UWI's Library.
Assistance, whether money or library materials
is urgently needed by the Library at the
University of West Indies. For mor information
contact: Fred Lowe at (718) 482-5430; Ken
Peeples at (718) 482-5430; or Clementine Lewis
at (718) 482-5429.

RECENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Art by Metamorphosis (November 3 -
December 18, 1988) An exhibition of African art
from the Spelman College collection was
curated by Dele Jegede of the Centre for
Cultural Studies, University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr. Jegede was a visiting scholar at Spelman
during the 1987-88 academic year. A 112 page
catalog by Dele Jegede, Art by Metamorphosis
accompanied the exhibition. The catalog is
available from the Art Department, Spelman
College, 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta, GA 30314.


Center for African Art, New York

Wild Spirits Strong Medicine: African Art and
the Wilderness

This exhibit will explore African concepts of
wilderness as they are expressed through art.
Numerous art forms and rituals reflect man's
desire to harness or combat powerful forces of
the natural world. Among works featured will be
bronze and wood sculpture, hunters' charms
and textiles. Works of African Art from all parts
of Black Africa will be exhibited in relation to this
richly complex subject. The exhibition will be
accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, Wild


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Spirits Strong Medicine: African Art and the
Wilderness text by Christine Mullen Kreamer
and Martha G. Anderson. edited by Enid
Schildkrout.

Center for African Art, New York
May 10 August 20 1989

Mary and Leigh Block Gallery
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
September 21 November 22, 1989

Lowe Art Museum
Miami, Florida
December 14, 1989 January 28, 1990

Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus, Ohio
February 18, April 30, 1990

Worcester Art Museum
Worcester, Massachuset
September 15 December 1, 1990

The exhibition is available for summer 1990.
Please contact Amy McEwen, Center for African
Art, New York (212)861-1200 for information.


National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian

Two major exhibitions will open at the Museum
of African Art in April 1989.

Gold of Africa: Jewelry and Ornaments from
Ghana. Cote d'lvoire. Mali and Senegal opens
April 5 and runs until August 28, 1989. Drawn
from the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva, the
exhibition features an array of finely executed
gold ornaments and jewelry. In the Fall of 1989
it will be on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, New York.

Sounding Forms: African Musical Instruments
opens April 26 and runs until June 18, 1989.
The exhibition includes 140 musical instruments
and some 30 sculptures depicting musical
Instruments. The exhibit was organized by the
American Federation of the Arts.

St. Louis Art Museum

Caribbean Festival Arts: Each and Every Bit of
Difference

The exhibition is currently on exhibit at the St.
Louis Art Museum. A book, Caribbean Festival


Arts: Each and Every Bit of Difference ed. John
Nunley and Judith Bettleheim, 1988: University
of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington
accompanies the exhibition.

International Gallery, Dillon Ripley Center,
Smithsonian Institution
June 2, 1989 February 15, 1990

Brooklyn Museum
September November 1990

Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Canada
June September 1991

Seattle Art Museum
November 1991 January 1992

CONFERENCES/SYMPOSIUM

Baltimore Museum of Art. Symposium in
Oceanic Art. Objects Inform, Object in Forms:
The Ethnography of Oceanic Art. April 14-15,
1989.
International symposium to be presented by the
Baltimore Museum of Art and the Art History
and Anthropology Program at Johns Hopkins
University. Eleven anthropologists,
museologists and art historians will discuss the
importance of art in Melanesian and Polynesian
societies in systems of exchange,
communication and knowledge, and the need to
open museum collections to further research
and exhibition. The symposium will be held in
the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Auditorium
at The Baltimore Museum of Art. For further
information contact:
Katharine Fernstrom
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
(301)396-7056

Cultural Vibrations: Yoruba Transformations and
Continuities in the Diaspora April 27-29, 1989.

This symposium is organized by Robin Poynor
and Olabiyi Yai, University of Florida, Gainesville
and sponsored by the Center for African
Studies.
The program includes two days of papers and
one day devoted to a field trip to Oyotunji
village. Speakers include: Pierre Verger, Bahia;
Olasope Oyeloran, Ife, Nigeria; John Nunley, St.
Louis Art Museum; Julio Braga, Brazil; Maureen
Warner-Lewis, Jamaica; Dolores Yonker,
Califorinia; Donald Cosentino, UCLA; Rogelio


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Fure, Cuba; Mercedes Sandoval, Miami; Marilyn
Houlberg, Chicago Art Institute; Margaret
Drewal, Northwestern; Mikelle Smith Omari,
California State -Long Beach; Oba Oseijeman
Adefunmi, Oyotunji, South Carolina. and Olabiyi
Yal, University of Florida.
For further information write or call:
Robin Poynor
102 FAA
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611
(904) 392-9332

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

AnthroDologie de I'art: 1. Forms et Sianifications
(Decembre 1987) 2. De I'image au siane (Avril
1988). ed. Louis Perrois Paris: Orstom, 1988.
This volume is a selection of papers given at
two seminars on anthropology and the arts.
The volume includes papers on Africa, Oceania
and the New World. Articles on Africa include
those on the funeary arts of Madagascar,
Mumuye bovine masks, Dogon door locks,
Cameroon masks, Bamum thrones and. Bwa
plank masks.

Recards sur I'habitat traditionnel au Niger
Corinne et Laszlo Mester de Parajd 1988:
Editions CREER-63340 Nonette. In the series
Les Cahiers de Construction Traditionnelle.
Price including shipping. 175,50 Frs. illus.

Marc Leo Felix Maniema: An essay on the
Distribution of the Symbols and Myths depicted
in the Masks of Greater Maniema [Eastern
province of Zaire] A special collector's edition of
1000 copies of this book will be available from
February 1989. The book was written to
accompany an exhibition organized by the Jahn
Gallery in Munich. The text is in German and
English with 80 b/w illustrations. Price: $50.00
including packing and postage. Order from
Galerie Fred Jahn, Maximilianstrasse 10, D-8000
Munich 22, Germany.

Jean Paul Notue "La symbolique de I'art
bamileke (ouest cameroun): approche historique
et anthropologique." Doctoral thesis: Universite
de Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. December
1988.

MAY/JUNE NEWSLETTER 1989

Send all news and announcements to Mary
Jo Arnoldi by April 15, 1989 for inclusion in
the May/June newsletter. We encourage
colleagues in the US, Africa and Europe to


send announcements about research
projects, publications, exhibitions,
conferences and other activities.


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