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Newsletter of the

Arts Council

of the African Studies Association

Number 27
June 1990


Cover design inspired by pyro-engraved motifs
originally worked by women on a Dera gourd,
Northeastern Nigeria.

ACASA Board of Directors

Mary Jo Arnoldi, President
Lisa Aronson Secretary-Treasurer

Maria Bems
David Binkley
Barbara Frank
Frederick Lamp
Philip Ravenhill
Doran Ross
Mikelle Smith-Omari
Fred Smith

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

Newletter Editor
Maria Bems
University of Minnesota
Goldstein Gallery
250 McNeal Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

Word Processing
Chris J. Ohmer
Graphic Design
Barbara Martinson

ACASA Newsletter Volume 27, June 1990


ACASA newsletter

Letter from the President:

ACASA panels for the Baltimore ASA (November
1-4, 1990) have been submitted and as in the past
we will be well represented with 14 sessions. The
Board would like to thank Fred Lamp for taking on
the task of coordinating this year's efforts. The
Baltimore Museum of Art will be hosting several
ACASA panels and there will be a reception at the
Museum during the conference. The preliminary
program for the meetings is due out in early
summer and the next issue of this newsletter will
carry the schedule for the ACASA panels along
with related panels of interest for the membership.

We will be holding our Annual Business Meeting
at the Baltimore ASA, and I urge any of you who
have agenda items for discussion to send them to
Lisa Aronson as soon as possible. Elections for
four new Board members will also take place at the
Business Meeting. This edition of the newsletter
contains the nominations and Bylaws for
elections. Two ACASA Board sponsored issue
panels will be included in this year's program:
"Colleagues, Research Assistants, Informants:
Ethics and the Ownership of Ideas and Words"
and "African Art History as seen through Museum
Exhibitions." We hope that you will all plan to

The ACASA book distribution project is well
underway and Janet Stanley, National Museum of
African Art, is coordinating the first mailing of
exhibition catalogues and books to African
museums and institutions this summer. We see
this project as an ongoing ACASA initiative, and
we strongly urge all our members when budgeting
for exhibitions with catalogues (however large or
small) or when negotiating with publishers for your
books on African art and material culture to
remember to include an additional 100 copies for
donation through the ACASA network. The
future success of this important initiative is in the
hands of every ACASA member.

Board of Director nominations for
full term on the ACASA Board:

Acha Debela
Margaret Drewal
Janet Stanley
Simon Ottenberg

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
or (b) twenty or more members filed with the
Secretary/Treasurer at the start of the session of
the Annual Business Meeting in order to have
their names placed in nominations, the nominators
must provide the presiding officer with a written
statement of such candidates' agreement to being
nominated and willingness to serve if elected.

ACASA Book Distribution

The ACASA book distribution program will be
dispatching the following publications to 100
libraries in Africa during the summer months. This
is an expansion of the effort already underway
since January 1989 to distribute African Arts to
libraries in Africa.

The present mailing will include the following

Iowa Studies in African Art, Volumes 1 and 2.
(supplied courtesy of the School of Art & Art
History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.)

African Art in the Cycle of Life, by Roy Sieber and
Roslyn Walker.
Icons: Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa, by
Herbert Cole.
(supplied courtesy of the National Museum of
African Art, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington D. C.)

Mary Jo Arnoldi
President, ACASA

ACASA Newsletter Volume 27, June 1990



African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire
(supplied courtesy of American Museum of Natural

Proceedings of the May 1988 Conference and
Workshop on African Material Culture, Bellagio, Italy.
(supplied courtesy of the Joint Committee on
African Studies of the Social Science Research
Council, New York and the Smithsonian Institution.)

Marks of Civilization, edited by Arnold Rubin.
(supplied courtesy of the Museum of Cultural
History, University of Califomia at Los Angeles.)

African Arts, volume 23, no. 2, April 1990.
(supplied courtesy of the publishers of African Arts
and the Museum of Cultural History, UCLA.)

Scholars, curators, and librarians in Africa should be
alerted that these publications will be arriving in their
libraries. A list of recipient libraries is available on
request from Janet Stanley, National Museum of
African Art Library, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, DC 20560, USA.

Colleagues in North America and Europe who have
appropriate African art books and catalogs for
distribution in 100 copies may also contact Janet
Stanley (202-357-4875) to arrange for shipment.
Please also keep this ACASA book distribution
program in mind when planning print runs for future


33rd Annual ASA Meeting
Baltimore, Maryland November 1-4, 1990
Omni Inner Harbor Hotel

ACASA Panel Proposals Received:

History and Art in a Changing South Africa: I. Black,
White, and the Urban New Order
Marilyn Martin

History and Art in a Changing South Africa: II.
Tradition and the Case of the Ndebele
Frederick Lamp

Contemporary African Art: A Critique of Definition,
Method, and Theory
Mikelle Smith Omari

The Arts of Confrontation
Robin Poyner and Elishe Renne

Culture, Heroes: Myth, History, and Art
Dunja Hersak

The Respectable Minimum in African Dress
Michael W. Conner

African Art through the Eyes of Early
Travellers/Explorers, Missionaries and Colonial
John R. 0. Ojo

"One Child is as Good as Twenty:" Ceremonial
Opportunities for Role Creation through Dress
in Contemporary Yoruba Society
Joanne Eicher and Norma Wolff

Political and Social Symbolism of Jewelry in Africa
Marian Ashby Johnson

Expressive Culture as Property and African
Concepts of Ownership
Doran Ross

Colleagues, Research Assistants, Informants:
Ethics and the Ownership of Ideas and Words
Mary Jo Amoldi


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[Editor's Note: Please send information about
activities/programs at your institution that deal with
African art and material culture.]

Ars Textrina. June 22-24, 1990.

The eighth annual conference on textiles will be
held June 22-24, 1990 at the University of
Wisconsin, Madison. Invited speakers include:
Mokhtar EI-Homossani Technological and
Cultural Factors in the Evolution of Weft-Faced
Compound Fabrics; Madelyn van der Hoogt The
"New" Drawloom; Maureen Mazzaoui Textile
Technology in Medieval Italy; and Joan Severa -

African Art History as Seen Through Museum
Philip Ravenhill

East African Art and Ethnicity
Donna Klumpp

Tradition and the Development of the
Contemporary African Artist
Acha Debela

Contemporary African Art: A Seamless Mantle?
Jean Kennedy

Additional ACASA Paper Proposals:

Design and Symbolism in Tiv Textiles of Benue
State, Nigeria
Chukwuanugo S. Okeke

Peoples Parks: Cultural Politics in South African
Steven Sack

Gary Van Wyk on South African art

ACASA Newsletter Volume 27, June 1990 3

Dressed for the Photographer. For information
contact: 8th Annual Conference on Textiles,
Patricia Hilts, P.O. Box 228, Marshall, WI 53559.

STextiles in Trade.
September 14-16, 1990.

The second biennial symposium sponsored by
the Textile Society of America will be held
September 14-16, 1990 in Washington, D. C. For
more information and registration forms contact:
Mattiebelle Gittinger, The Textile Museum, 2320
S. St., N.W., Washington D. C., 20080 or Rita
Adrosko, National Museum of American History,
14th St. and Constitution Ave., N. W.,
Washington D. C., 20560.

First World Third World: Duality and
Coincidence in Traditional Dwellings
and Settlements. October 4-7, 1990.

The second conference of the International
Association for the Study of Traditional
Environments (IASTE) addressing the theme of
"Duality and Coincidence in Traditional Dwellings
and Settlements" will be held at the University of
California, Berkeley, on October
4-7, 1990. The final schedule includes 120
papers by scholars from 34 countries. Keynote
speakers include Janet Abu-Lughod, Samir Amin,
Hasan-Uddin Khan, Lisa Peattie, John Turner,
and Dell Upton. The proceedings will be edited
by conference co-directors Nezar AISayyad and
Jean-Paul Bourdier.

For registration information, contact: IASTE
Conference, Center for Enviornmental Design
Research, University of California, Berkeley, CA
94720, USA; phone (415) 642-2896.

I Archaeology and Metallurgy.
October 28-31, 1990.

The Archaeological Association of Nigeria's ninth
annual conference and workshop on
"Archaeology and Metallurgy" will be held
October 28-31, 1990 at the Ahmadu Bello
University, Zaria. Sub-themes of the conference

include: metallurgical prospection, indigenous
metal working techniques, early metal
working/using societies, metals their behavior
and properties, modem metal working
techniques, and metallurgy and development.
The workshop is an opportunity for archaeologists
and scholars in the geological and metallurgical
sciences to interact for mutual benefits. In
addition to commissioned papers and
demonstrations, papers are invited from
interested scholars on any of the sub-themes of
the workshop.

Titles and abstracts of such papers as well as
inquiries about the conference should be sent to:
Zacharys Anger Gundu, Archaeology Unit,
History Department, Ahmadu Bello University,


* The members of the Society of Africanist
Archaeologists in their biennial meeting of 1990
held at the University of Florida, Gainesville (March
22-25), voted unanimously on the following

Whereas the illicit art market in African antiquities
is abhorrent and contradictory to the ethics of
archaeology; and

Whereas the conduct of such an illicit trade
leads to the degradation of Africa's historical and
cultural patrimony; and

Whereas the trade in illicit African antiquities
denegrates the sensibilities of all peoples with a
respect for the past; therefore

Let it be resolved that the Society of Africanist
Archaeologists will:

1. Work to stop the TL dating of alleged ancient
African terra cottas.

2. Mount a campaign to disable the illicit trade in
African antiquities.

3. Form an action group to seek funding for
innovative challenges to and alternatives to
such illicit trade.

4. Meet and work with governments and
organizations both in Africa and elsewhere to
devise better protection for African
antiquities and archaeological sites.

* An international conference on Yoruba Art (April
24-29, 1990) was organized by the Ona Group of
Artists who are based at the Department of Fine
Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-lfe. This
conference is the first in what the Ona Group
plans as an annual conference. This initial
gathering featured four days of presentations, an
exhibition of "Contemporary Yoruba Art," and an
organizational meeting for a Yoruba Art Studies
Association. The conference was opened by
Professor Bade Ajuwon, Director of the Institute
of Cultural Studies at Obafemi Awolowo
University and featured papers by Lamidi Fakeye,
Agbo Folarin, John Picton, Moyo Okediji, Pat
Oyelola, and Bolaji Campbell among others. Tunji
Vidal also gave an absorbing presentation on the
evolution of contemporary Yoruba music. The
organizers plan to publish the conference
proceedings. For more information about the
1990 conference, the Yoruba Art Studies
Association, or the 1991 conference tentatively
scheduled for the first week of March, contact:
Mr. Moyo Okediji, Department of Fine Arts,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Oyo State,

* The Ona Group of Artists also publish a journal
entitled Kurio africana as well as a series of
exhibition catalogues. For more information
about these publications, contact: Mr. Bolaji
Campbell at the above address. Copies of these
publications are available in the National Museum
of African Art Library, Washington D.C.

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A new Ph.D. program in African and African
Diaspora art will begin in fall of 1991 in the Art
History Department of Emory University in Atlanta.
Faculty will include Sidney Kasfir (African art:
Ph.D. 1979, London), Gay Robins (Egyptian art:
D. Phil, Oxford) and David Brown (African
Diaspora art: Ph.D. 1989, Yale). Students
wishing to pursue an interdisciplinary Ph.D. which
combines one of the above with a related field
may also do so in a joint program administered by
the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts.
Students may be admitted with an MA degree
from another university or may begin with the MA
level. The department has 13 art historians (not
including several adjuncts), of whom
approximately one-third teach in non-Western
fields. The city of Atlanta, 70% of which consists
of African-American, Caribbean, and African
cultures, is an important cultural resource beyond
those of the University.

For more information, contact one of the above
faculty c/o Art History Department, Carlos Hall,
Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322.

ACASA Newsletter Volume 27, June 1990 5



* Professor Peter Rich, of the Department of
Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand,
South Africa, will be travelling in the United States
this autumn, 1990, and would be interested in
lecture engagements at universities, colleges,
museums, and other institutions. He will be
participating in the African Studies Association
annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, November
1-4, and will be speaking at The Baltimore
Museum of Art. Other lectures would preferably
be scheduled within the week prior to or following
these dates.

Professor Rich is a practicing architect, and also
has a special research interest in the
extraordinary architecture and painted
architectural ornamentation of the Ndebele
people of South Africa. He has lectured
previously at the Smithsonian Inst., Harvard U.,
M. I. T., and U. C., Berkeley. Please write
directly to:
Peter Rich
9 Escombe Avenue, Parktown 2193,
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Phone: (27-11) 726-6150.
FAX: (27-11) 726-6151.

* Paxton S. 0. Aremu, a Senior Lecturer at
Obafemi Awolowo University since 1978, seeks a
visiting position at an American university
beginning October 1990 or 1991. Mr. Aremu
holds an MFA in Textile Design and Production
from the Rochester Instititute of Technology
(Rochester, NY) and has research interests in
African dress and costume (color, symbolism, and
religious and ritual significance.) His c.v. is
available at the following address:
Department of Fine Arts
Obafemi Awolowo University
Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Current Exhibitions

National Museum of African Art -
Smithsonian Institution
"Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and
Thought" will be on view through
August 26, 1990.

"Icons: Ideals and Power in the Art of Africa," on
view through September 3, 1990.

The Center for African Art
"Likeness and Beyond: Portraits from Africa and
the World" will be on view through August 20,

American Museum of Natural History
"African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire"
will be on view from June 8,1990 through
January 6, 1991.

Featured are some 400 objects made by
Mangbetu, Azande, and neighboring peoples
collected by 19th century visitors to the region
and by two zoologists with the American Museum
of Natural History Congo Expedition of 1909-15.
Elaborately decorated sculpture, musical
instruments, pottery, furniture, jewelry, basketry
and feather hats, knives, bark boxes, bark cloth,
and incised gourds are shown along with archival
photographs, music, and a short film made in Zaire
in 1989 of the Mangbetu today.

Recent Publications

E. A. Dagan. Emotions in Motion (Theatrical
II Puppets and Masks from Black Africa).

Galerie Amrad Press. French/English text. 176
pp., 218 b/w, 4 color illustr., drawings, map, and
bibliography. Price: $50.00 + p/h $3.50.

The next publication of Galerie Amrad will be
African Dolls for Play and Magic. They are missing
dolls from West and especially from Central and
East Africa. Every b/w photo of African dolls from
those regions will be seriously considered for
publication. Photos not included will be returned,
and those that will be included will be greatly
appreciated, and owners will be notified.
Deadline is June 30, 1990.
Galerie Amrad Press,
1522 Sherbrooke 0., #6
Montreal P. Q.
H3G 1L3; phone: (514) 934-4450

Eugene C. Burt, ed. African Art: Five-Year
Cumulative Bibliography (mid-1983 through

The book compiles over 2700 bibliographic
entries (plus several hundred book reviews) on
the visual arts of Africa, which appeared in
Volume 1 through Volume 6 of EthnoArts Index..
Arranged by geographic regions, countries, and
culture groups, all entries are thoroughly indexed
by author and subject. The cost of the book to
current EAI subscribers is $30.00 ($32.50
outside North America) and to non-current EAI
subscribers $45.00 ($47.50 outside of N.A.).
A similar volume on Oceanic art is already
published and one on Native American art will be
released in coming months, followed by a much
enlarged new edition of our now out-of-print
Bibliography of Tribal Arts Bibliographies. Please
P.O. Box 30789
Seattle, WA 98103-0789
phone: 1-206-783-9580

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Beginning in the fall 1990, the distribution of
West African Masks and Cultural Systems will be
handled by OAN (Oceanie-Afrique Noire) Art
Book Specialists, 9 East 38th Street, New York,
NY 10016. The price is expected to be in the $40
range. A limited number of copies at the
wholesale price of $25 plus $2 postage are still
available from the editor. Please order prepaid
Sidney L. Kasfir
Editor, WAMACS
Art History Department
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Two new catalogues have been published by the
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois,

Anita J. Glaze, editor. Aesthetics of the Sacred
and Cool: African Art from the Faletti Collection.
41 pp., b/w illustr., bibliography.

Anita J. Glaze and Alfred L. Scheinberg.
Discoveries: African Art from the Smiley
Collection. 91 pp., color and b/w illustr.,

For copies of these books write to:
Krannert Art Museum
500 E. Peabody Dr.
University of Illinois
Champaign, IL 61820


* Southern African Art.
The Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe,
Professor Cyril A. Rogers, has been mindful for
some time that the SADCC grouping of nine
states is more than just a nominal statement of
unity. Social, economic, and political ties have
developed between the nine states and on
matters of international strategy they illustrate
much unity. The gathering strength of this region
has lead to the publishing of a major journal
Southern African Economist. Following this lead

the National Gallery intends now to phase out
Zimbabwe Insight which was essentially a local
publication and to substitute for it a scholarly
journal entitled Southern African Art. We trust
that the scholars and readers of the SADCC
regions will pour their artistic and cultural
contributions into this new journal to illustrate that
the Southern African Region is indeed uniquely
cultural. Write to:
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe
Julius Nyerere Way, Harare, P.O. Box 8155
Causeway, Harare
phone: 704666

* Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review.
Vol. 1, no. 1 (Fall 1989). Biannual.
$70/institutions. Significant, multi-disciplinary
journal covering architecture, art history,
anthropology, cultural geography, folklore, and
material culture. Write to:
The International Association for Traditional
Center for Environmental Design Research
390 Wurster Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

* West African Museums Program Bulletin. The
West African Museums Project has produced the
inaugural issue of their bulletin. Write to:
Dr. Claude Daniel Ardouin
West African Museums Project
BP 357
Dakar, Senegal

* Ndiwula: the annual newsletter of the Museums
of Malawi. No. 1 (Aug. 1988) No. 2 (Dec.1989)
Contact Address:
Mr. M. G. Kumwenda
Museums of Malawi
P. 0. Box 30360
Blantyre 3, Malawi

ACASA Newsletter Vokime 27, June 1990 7




The "Smithsonian World" television series
presented a program on "Nigerian Art Kindred
Spirits" which aired on PBS, May 2,1990. Among
the artists featured on this hour-long program
were Sokari Douglas Camp, Ben Enwonwu,
Obiora Udechukwu, Uche Okeke,
El Anatsui, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Nike, and Lamidi
Fakeye. A video of this program is available ($44)
along with a reading list ($3). Call (800) 552-1922.


Send all news and announcements to Maria C.
Bems, University of Minnesota, Goldstein Gallery,
240 McNeal Hall, St. Paul, MN 55108 by
AUGUST 15, 1990 for inclusion in the
September Newsletter.

We strongly encourage colleagues in Africa,
Europe, and North America to send information
about exhibitions, research projects, publications,
conferences and other activities.

All information regarding change of address
should be directed to the ACASA
Secretary/Treasurer, Lisa Aronson, Skidmore
College, Department of Art, Saratoga Springs,
NY 12866.

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