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Newsletter of the Arts Council
of the African Studies Association

Number 29
December 1990

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Cover design inspired by pyro-engraved motifs
originally worked by women on a Dera gourd, 9
Northeastern Nigeria.

ACASA Board of Directors

Maria C. Berns, President
Lisa Aronson Secretary-Treasurer

David Binkley
Acha Debela
Margaret Drewal
Barbara Frank
Simon Ottenberg
Mikelle Smith-Omari
Janet Stanley

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

Newletter Editor December 1990
Maria Berns
University of Minnesota
Goldstein Gallery
250 McNeal Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

Word Processing
Abby Sue Fisher
Graphic Design
Barbara Martinson

New Newsletter Editors April 1991
Janet Stanley
Mary Jo Arnoldi

ACASA Newsletter Number 29, December 1990


ACASA newsletter

Letter from the President:

Since the new ACASA President is elected by
the Board after the business meeting at ASA, this
is the first opportunity to inform you that I will be
President through the Triennial Symposium in
April 1992. I am honored to accept this
responsibility, and pledge, together with the
Board, to further the goals and initiatives of

Of the most immediate concem is our
participation in next year's ASA annual meeting.
Because Mary Jo Arnoldi and I are on the national
ASA program committee we hope to avoid the
confusion in scheduling that plagued the 1990
meeting. You will notice that only 5 panel
proposals were submitted to this newsletter for
the 1991 ASA. I want to emphasize that because
the date for submission to the ACASA program
committee is March 1, 1991, there will not be
another opportunity to publish a list of proposed
panel topics in the ACASA newsletter before that
deadline. Therefore, to insure our strong
representation at the 1991 meeting in St. Louis I
encourage ACASA members to organize panels
and invite presenters on their own initiative. As
always, panel chairs should submit their proposals
and presenters' abstracts to the ACASA program
chair, who this year is David Binkley (see page 5
for details). Forms to be used for submissions are
provided at the back of this newsletter. Before
the ACASA-sponsored panels are forwarded to
ASA, they will be evaluated according to the
same criteria the national committee has

This newsletter also includes the first official call
for panels and papers for the ACASA-organized
Ninth Triennial Symposium on African Art to be
held April 23-25, 1992, in Iowa City. Please note
that the deadline for submission of panel
proposals is April 1, 1991; a list of proposed
panels and chairs will be published in the next
newsletter. We are hoping for a broad range of
representation and encourage panels
emphasizing interdisciplinary

and cross-cultural topics and approaches. As
always, the Triennial is open to everyone and we
hope that individuals from many disciplines will
participate. It also is ACASA's goal to foster the
strong representation of our African colleagues.
To this end we will be sponsoring two scholars
from our own membership reserve fund and are
seeking outside money to support the travel and
expenses of others.

The ACASA Board is continuing its work on the
initiatives proposed to you in the past several
newsletters and at our business meetings. We
have made good progress with the book
distribution program and I would like to thank
those publishers who have made volumes
available to us. I hope that within the next year we
can expand the list to include many other books
otherwise inaccessible to institutions in Africa and
the Diaspora. The pilot for the ACASA slide
project, described in detail on page 4, is ready for
implementation, thanks to the generous support
of Michigan State University. We encourage your
cooperation with this project, for its success
depends on member participation.

I would like to thank outgoing President Mary Jo
Arnoldi for her enthusiastic and dedicated service
to ACASA. She and Janet Stanley will assume the
responsibilities of newsletter editors for the next
two years. Please note the change of address for
submission of materials at the back of this issue.
Additionally, the ACASA Board has voted to
reduce the number of annual newsletters to three,
based on the amount of information submitted to
us at various times of the year. You will now
receive newsletters in December, April, and
August with deadlines in November, March, and
July. Your annual membership renewal notice will
be mailed in January.

I wish you all a happy, healthy, and productive New

Maria C. Bems
President, ACASA

ACASA Newsletter Number29, December 1990 1

AGASA Business Meeting Minutes
ASA November 3, 1990
Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore, MD

(Lisa Aronson):
The current ACASA account balance is
$10,975.35. It is now costing just over $700 to
print and mail each newsletter, totaling $2800 a
year. At least $6,400 of our reserve is earmarked
for the 1992 Triennial (two $2000 stipends for
African scholars and four $600 stipends for
graduate students).

ACASA has 212 paid members. Those who did
not renew last year are urged to do so. For the
sake of efficiency, a separate membership mailing
will be sent in January 1991.

In an effort to promote ACASA membership, we
are developing a flyer outlining the organization's
various functions. Barbara Frank has volunteered
to write the copy and the Fowler Museum of
Cultural History has offered to do the graphic

(A) College Art Association (Fred Lamp): The
following panels relating to Africa are scheduled
for the 1991 CAA annual meeting:

1. Images of Power and the Construction of
Gender, Mikelle Smith Omari
2. The Face of the Gods: Art and Altars of the
Black Atlantic World, Robert F. Thompson
3. The Art of the Personal Object, Roy Sieber
and Philip Ravenhill
4. Archaeologists and Art Historians, Bill
Dewey as a participant

Fred Lamp's panel, West Africa 1000+/-250: The
Disciplines Meet, was cancelled.

The deadline for panel proposals for the Chicago
1992 CAA annual meeting was last October, but
ACASA members are urged to contact the
program chair, Sandra Hindman, Department of Art
History, Northwestern University, if they wish to
propose a panel. Two proposed thus far are:
1. Art History and Hegemony: Appropriation
of Cultures in Africa and Americas from
1440-present, (Henry Drewal)

2. African Art, (Paula Ben-Amos)

(B) Slide Project (Barbara Frank) The committee is
aiming to assemble a packet of 150-200 field (not
object) slides for teaching. It will be particularly
useful for African institutions.The pilot project is
being funded by Michigan State University. It is
hoped that the slides can be scanned on the
computer. The slides will be accompanied by
documentation and lists of relevant
publications.Those who did not fill out the form
the committee distributed are urged to do so. (For
more on this see page 4).

(C) Book Distribution (Janet Stanley) The project
began two years ago when African Art
subscriptions were issued to 100 African libraries.
We have now expanded to include exhibition
catalogs and texts courtesy of various institutions.
The following books are now being distributed to
Iowa Studies in African Art I & II, ed.
Christopher Roy (The University of
African Art in the Cycle of Life, Roy Sieber
and Rosalyn Walker (National Museum
of African Art)
loons.... Herbert Cole (National Museum
of African Art)
African Reflections... Enid Schildkrout
(American Museum of Natural
Abstracts, Bellagio Conference on Material
Marks of Civilization..., ed. Arnold Rubin,
(Fowler Museum of Cultural History,

Those to be sent are:
Royal Benin, (National Museum of African
Patterns of Life, Peggy Gilfoy (National
Museum of African Art)
Figurative Sculpture of the Niger River
Delta, Arnold Rubin, (Gallery K)
The Arts of Africa: An Annotated
Bibliography, Vol. I, Janet Stanley
(Crossroads Press)
Back issues of African Arts (UCLA African
Studies Center)

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Those in the process of writing books are advised to
arrange with their publisher to increase the print run
by 100 before books go to press.

David Binkley announced that Zaire very much
wants materials pertaining to documentation of their
arts for inclusion in their National Library.

(D) Newsletter (Maria Berns) Members are urged to
send all information concerning exhibitions,
symposia, positions, etc. to the newsletter editor.
The editor cannot solicit members for this data.
Thanks to Janet Stanley's efforts, we are sending
newsletters to colleagues in Africa and the West
Indies. Please inform Janet of any scholars other
than those on your International roster you feel
should be added to the list.

(E) Triennial 1992 (Christopher Roy, Bill Dewey/
Social Chair, and Allen Roberts/ Program Chair)
The Ninth Triennial Symposium will be held in Iowa
City, April 23-25, 1992. Bill announced that rooms
are already reserved at the Iowa House and at the
Holiday Inn. Participants in the conference will be
bused from the Cedar Rapids airport to Iowa City.
Allen announced that they are hoping to broaden
participation.To that aim, they have decided to
incorporate the Stanley Conference into the
Triennial.While not yet determined, the theme of
the Stanley component may focus on African points
of view regarding art and life in Africa. African
participation will be encouraged.They hope to have
Joseph Adande in residence. As always, the
Stanley papers will be published.

(F) ASA, October 24-27, 1991, St. Louis: Victor
LeVine is the annual meeting program chair.
Regarding this year's conference, Fred Lamp and
Mary Jo Arnoldi met with the ASA committee to try
and straighten out this year's panel overlaps. To
avoid such problems next year, ASA has decided
to form a nationally-oriented committee to work in
conjunction with the local one.The theme for the
1991 meeting will be "African Renewal." Innovative
and interdisciplinary panels are encouraged.

The deadline for panel submissions to ASA is
March 15. ACASA will be organizing the arts
panels, although there is no assurance they
will be accepted. The ACASA deadline is March 1.
Philip Ravenhill will be trying to get money from

USIA to sponsor a panel of African scholars. A
motion was passed to reserve an ACASA slot for
such a panel.

(G) Fred Smith, Fred Lamp, Doran Ross, and Philip
Ravenhill have stepped down as ACASA Board
Members.They were given a round of applause for
their services. By vote of acclamation, the newly
elected Board Members are Margaret Drewal, Acha
Debela, Janet Stanley, and Simon Ottenberg.
ACASA welcomes them to the Board.

(H) Announcements:
(1) Warren D'Azevedo announced there would be a
meeting at 6 p.m. in the Poe Room to discuss ways
to have better African representation at the
Anthropological Association Meetings (AAA).

(2) Ron Engard introduced himself as the new NEH
Program Officer in Humanities Projects in Museums
and Historical Organization. He expressed his
concem that African submissions to NEH were
down and he would like to see that changed.
Deadlines for proposal submissions will be
December 7, 1990 and June 7, 1991.

(3) Lisa Aronson announced a job opening at Bates
College, Lewiston, Maine. (See job description on
page 12).

(4) Lisa Aronson reminded ACASA members of the
Parsons in West Africa summer program, which
offers students study and hands-on experience in
pottery, metals, textiles, sculpture, architecture, and
photography in Ivory Coast. A Mali program is also
offered. For further information, contact: Francine
Goldenhar, Director of Special Programs, 66 Fifth
Avenue, New York, NY 10011, 212-741-8975.

(5) Henry Drewal announced that Cleveland State
University is now searching for a tenure-track
position in African and Afro-American art (see page

(6) Julie Risser announced the First Annual
Graduate Student Symposium to be held at the
University of Iowa, Iowa City, from April 13-14. (See
page 8 for details).

(7) Christopher Roy announced that Volume III of
Iowa Studies in African Art (Art and Initiation in Zaire,

ACASA Newsletter Number29, December 1990 3

1990) is now available.The cost is $30.00. Vol II
(Form and Function in African Art, 1989) is also
available at the same price.

(8) Christopher Roy introduced Professor
Dominique Zahan, anthropologist from the
Sorbonne, who is currently a visiting professor at
the University of Iowa. Next year he will be
Professor of Anthropology at the University in
Romania where, we are told, they have no
African-related books.

(9) Philip Ravenhill would like to see the
formation of local sub-committees to take charge
of specific geographic or culture areas. He wants
to hear from anyone about implementing such

(10) Frieda High Tesfagiorgis made a strong plea
to ACASA to incorporate the much-ignored area
of Afro-American studies within the organization.
She points out that there needs to be greater
dialogue between Africans and
African-Americans. She also passed out copies of
her edited catalog, Pattern and Narrative, 1990.

(11) The ACASA party will be tonight at 9:00 p.m.
in the North Tower, Room 2002.

Respectfully submitted,
Lisa Aronson
ACASA Secretary/Treasurer


Committee: Barbara Frank, Ray Silverman,
Chris Geary
We are making progress on both the framework
for the slide project as well as the implementation
of its pilot.This project aims to assemble a
collection of field slides for the teaching of African
art history.The profits from sales of these sets to
American institutions and individuals would be
used to provide them to African institutions at no
charge. Ray Silverman has continued to receive
responses to the questionnaire distributed last
year indicating support for the project and a
willingness to contribute.The main concerns
voiced about the project have had to do with
issues of copyright and control over the use of
the images. Individuals will retain the copyright on
their images and a copyright notice will be printed
on all duplicated and accompanying
documentation. We would like to stress that we
intend to solicit primarily images that have already
been published, both for the protection of the
contributor and for availability of sources. We
would like the coverage to be as broad as
possible to include images from across the
continent and to include arts of the African
diaspora, as well as that of contemporary African
artists. Suggested subject categories include:
architecture (including architectural sculpture and
wall painting); performance (dance, masquerade,
theater, music); sculpture (all media); personal
adornment (including beadwork, body arts and
regalia); textiles, leatherworking, and basketry;
ceramics, metalworking and woodworking;
contemporary art (painting, printmaking, etc.).

We are ready to go ahead with the pilot for this
project. Michigan State University has agreed to
provide the funding and assistance needed for
implementation. In order to insure the
manageability and likely completion of the pilot,
we propose to limit the number of slides in the
pilot to between 100 and 150. We hope to
complete the pilot by the ASA meeting next fall.
Should you have slides that might be appropriate
for the pilot, or any other comments and


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suggestions concerning the project, please
Ray Silverman
Art Department
Michigan State University
103 Kresge Art Center
East Lansing, MI. 48824
(517) 353-9114


St. Louis, Missouri

The 34th Annual Meeting of the African Studies
Association will be held at the St. Louis Sheraton
Hotel from 24-27 October 1991 .The theme of the
meeting is "African Renewal' (See your ASA
News for details).

The format of the 1991 meeting will be similar to
that used at the 1990 Baltimore meeting: in
addition to the usual panels and roundtables,
there will be plenary sessions and forums. The
plenary sessions and forums will focus on various
aspects of the conference theme, or provide
venues for special guests or program items of
broad appeal. The Program Committee welcomes
and invites ideas from the ASA membership for
topics and participants in the plenary sessions
and forums. While it is hoped that as many of the
panels as possible will choose to use the
conference theme in setting their foci or topics,
the panels may include an unlimited range of
interests across the disciplines and professions.

As in 1990, the number of roundtables will be
relatively limited. The Program Committee
particularly invites and encourages roundtables of
senior scholars to focus on such topics as new or
future directions for African studies, current
intellectual controversies, etc.

Proposers of panels, roundtables or papers are
asked to use the forms included here or in the
next issue of ASA News. It is essential that all the
information requested on the forms be provided,

including panel and paper abstracts. ACASA
panels will normally be comprised of no more than
three presenters and one discussant (or four
presenters), plus the panel chair. If the chair
presents a paper, he or she should be counted
as one of the four presenters.Though there are
no formal limits on the number participating in a
roundtable, organizers should remember the
usual time constraints and provide ample
opportunity for audience reaction and questions.

Individuals who are not part of organized panels
are also invited to submit abstracts to the Program
Committee, which will evaluate them in the same
manner as those included in panel proposals. If
such abstracts are deemed acceptable and if they
fit thematically or topically within an approved
panel, the Program Committee will ask the chair of
that panel to include it in his or her set of
presentations. Obviously, given the structure of
the program, papers initially included in a panel
proposal have the best chance of being included
in the program.

Panel proposers and participants on the program
must be 1991 members of the African Studies
Association. Approval for participation by
non-members may be granted to guests of the
Association, international scholars not resident in
the US, and non-Africanist specialists.

ACASA panel, roundtable and paper proposals
should be mailed no later than March 1st to the
ACASA Program Committee (Maria Berns, David
Binkley, Simon Ottenberg). This is a firm
deadline. Send proposals to:
David Binkley
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

The ASA Program Committee for the 1991
meeting will be guided in the selection of panel,
roundtable and paper abstracts by the criteria
described below.The ACASA Program
Committee will send ACASA sponsored panels to
the ASA Program Committee. We will follow the

ACASA Newsletter Number 29, December1990 5

same selection criteria in reviewing panel and
paper proposals submitted to us.

1) Roundtables: Does the roundtable deal with an
issue or topic of sufficient importance and interest
to a significant proportion of those attending the
conference to warrant its inclusion in the
program? How will the roundtable contribute to
the overall program and the elaboration of the
conference theme?

2) Panels: Does the panel abstract clearly identify
the conceptual or empirical issues implied of
specified by its title? Do the individual papers
clearly relate to the panel theme and to each
other? How will the panel advance the study of
Africa and our understanding of African problems,
questions and issues? If the panel is intended to
relate to the conference theme, how does it do

3) Papers: Does the abstract specify clearly the
conceptual or empirical issues, questions or
problems with which the paper will deal? Does the
paper 'lit" the panel theme and relate
unambiguously to the other papers or
presentations on the panel?

In general, the Program Committee will give
preference to proposals and abstracts that give
promise of intellectual excitement, that offer
novel or execeptionally interesting themes for
discussion, and that clearly advance our common
enterprise of the study of Africa. Organizers and
proposers are reminded that, in any case, the
Program Committee reserves the final word on all
questions relating to the acceptance of proposals
and the composition of the program.

(Editor's Note: The following are panel
suggestions and are subject to final selection by
the ACASA Program Committee. Persons
interested in participating on a panel should
contact the organizer listed below the abstract or
title. Since only four panels have been proposed
to us at this time, we encourage members to
propose panels and solicit presenters. There
will not be another ACASA newsletter
before the submission deadline so

please take the Initiative to form panels
or propose papers

This panel will explore the relationship between
the artistic traditions of Africa and the African
diaspora.The questions posed will address
aesthetic canons, evolution of ethos, function
and meaning, and issues of cultural centrality and
Ramona Austin
Dept. of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
The Art Institute of Chicago
Michigan Ave. at Adams St.
Chicago, III. 60603

Nancy Ingram Nooter
5020 Linnean Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

The aesthetics of secrecy concerns veiled and
cloaked representations of power in societies
which have pervasive witchcraft ideologies.
Witchcraft is primarily concerned with various
agents accessing power found in the world, and
its re-direction for both malevolent as well as
benevolent means.
Clarke Speed
Department of Anthropology DH-05
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

History does not just happen to people. People
also make history, and sometimes they do it with
art.Yet scholars very often approach history as if it
were inflicted upon societies and individuals from
beyond their domain, forgetting that change has
often been an prominent and coveted
component of many African societies. Even
transformations caused by other societies or by
evolving environments have frequently been
treated as opportunities for new attainments in
social, political and economic arenas.

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This panel will emphasize the perspective that
people constitute history. It will consider the
factors that motivate and the agents that create
change in art and change through art. Panelists
may explore the invention or manipulation of
artworks by people in contexts of commerce,
spirituality, overt or covert authority or the
development of social personae. The spirit that
animates this approach to African art history is
nicely captured by Ivan Karp in his "Agency and
Social Theory: A Review of Anthony Giddens"
(American Ethnologist 13 (1968): 137): "Agency
implies the idea of 'casual power' through which
we realize the potential of the world."
Patrick McNaughton
Art History/ Hope School of Fine Arts
Fine Arts Building, Room 123
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

This panel will explore the various ways African
artists have responded to the changing
circumstances of modem life. Emphasis will be on
understanding how art forms are continually
renewed and revitalized by focusing on
transformations of the recent past. Topics could
include the incorporation of new imagery into
what we have too readily labeled "traditional art
forms," the transformation of meaning in the
interpretation of art forms in response to current
political or social events, the adoption of new
materials or techniques in the creation of art works
as well as redefining concepts of "tradition" and
"authenticity" in light of these contemporary
artistic expressions.
Chair: Barbara Frank
Send abstracts to:
David Binkley
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64111


Notice of the 1991 Annual Meeting of
the College Art Association,
Washington, D.C., February 20-23, 1991

Sessions organized by ACASA members or of
special interest:

February 21, Thursday 9:30 a.m.-noon
The Problem of Fetishism, David Freedberg
The Face of the Gods: Art and Altars of the
Black Atlantic World, Robert Farris
Who is the "We" Who Creates Art History?,
Josephine Withers

Thursday 2:00-4:30 p.m.:
Issues in Contemporary Latin American Art,
Mar Carmen Ramirez

Thursday 8:30-11:00 p.m.:
The Object as Subject, Anne W. Lowenthal
The Impact of Technical Studies on the
History of Art, John Winter and John
Capital Centers: Spaces of Power in
Pre-Columbian MesoAmerica, Elizabeth
Hill Boone

February 22, Friday 9:30 a.m.-noon:
Style in Art and Technology: Pre-Columbian
America and PreColonial Africa, Heather
The Question of Biography, James E.B.
Breslin and Ellen Handler Spitz
The Art History Survey: Problems and
Solutions, Floyd W. Martin

Friday 2:00-4:30 p.m.:
* Art in Ritual Context, Irene J. Winter
* The Art of the Personal Object, Philip
Ravenhill and Roy Sieber (at the National
Museum of African Art)

February 23, Saturday 7:30-noon:
* Identity, Society, and the Hand-Made
Object, Anthony Cutler
Others Viewing Others: The Representation

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of Gender and Sexuality, Ann Kibbey and
Jonathan Weinberg

Saturday 2:00-4:30p.m.:
The Past Preserved, Frederick M. Asher
Favorite Speculations, Linda Caron
Images of Power and the Construction of
Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives,
Mikelle Smith Omari
The "Other"History of Art, Tom L.
Open Session II, Mary D. Garrard

ACASA Business meeting will be on
Thursday, February 21, 4:45-6:15 p.m.


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

International Conference on Mande
January 1992

Call for Papers

The Mande Studies Association (Mansa) is
organizing an international conference to be held
in Bamako, Mali in late January/early February of
1992. Several members have expressed interest
in organizing panels on the cultural heritage of
the region. Mansa would like to extend an
invitation to ACASA members to participate in this
event. Reduced airfares are currently being
negotiated for conference participants between
New York and Bamako which may be as low as
$875-900 round trip. For further information and
for submission of panel and/or paper proposals,
as soon as possible contact:
Kathryn Green
ICMS Organizer
Department of History

33211 Humanities Building
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-1821 or (608) 263- 1800
FAX: (608) 262-0123

PASALA First Annual Graduate Student
Symposium In African Art
April 13 and 14, 1991

Call for Papers

The Project for the Advanced Study of Art and
Life in Africa is pleased to announce the First
Annual Graduate Student Symposium in African
Art. it is open to graduate students in all areas of
African Studies. Topics must describe how
objects reflect ideas about the wilderness. This
topic complements the current show: "Art from
the Wilderness" now on display at the University
of Iowa Museum of Art. The purpose of the
symposium is to provide students with an
opportunity to present and discuss their research
in a scholarly forum. Students interested in
participating should submit a two-page,
typewritten abstract for a thirty-minute
presentation to:
The PASALA Graduate Student
Symposium Committee
School of Art and Art History
W-150 Art Building
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

A cover letter (complete with candidate's address,
telephone number, affiliated institution, and title
of presentation) should accompany the abstract;
no names should be included on the abstract
itself. All proposals must be received (not
postmarked) by February 4, 1991. Notification of
acceptance will be issued no later than February
18, 1991. Travel scholarships up to $100.00 will
be awarded to scholars on the basis of need. For
further information, please contact Julie Risser or
Dana Rush at (319) 335-1777.

8 ACASA Newsletter Number 29, December 1990




1991 Midwest Art History Society
April 4-6, 1991

Call for Papers

The 1991 Midwest Art History Society conference
will be hosted by the Department of Art History &
The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of
Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas April 4-6, 1991. One
panel session will be devoted to the Arts of Africa,
Oceania and the Americas. Please send abstracts
to the panel chair:
Pat Darish
Department of Art History
Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-2107
or for more information, please contact Pat
at (816) 523-8482


"Tradition, Innovation, and
Interpretation: Issues in the Collection
and Display of the Arts of Zaire In
Historical Perspective"
Friday, October 12 & Saturday,
October 13 1990
American Museum of Natural History,
New York

A two-day symposuim held in conjunction with the
exhibition "African Reflections: Art from
Northeastern Zaire" included the following papers
divided into four sessions:

1. Colonial Perceptions of Art in
Northern Zaire
Opening remarks: Director Lema Gwete,
Institute des Musees Nationaux du Zaire
Chair: Enid Schildkrout, American Museum
of Natural History

Artes Africanae: Western Perceptions of
Art in Northeastern Zaire
Curtis Keim, Moravian College
The Ethnographic Explorations of Armand
Hutereau in the North of Zaire (1911-1913)
Didier Demolin, Universitd Libre De

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The Mask that Failed: the Colonial Impact
on an African Aesthetic
Mary McMaster, Castleton State College

Reflections on the Belgian Taste for
Zairian Arts During the Colonial Period
Pierre Salmon, Universit6 Libre De Bruxelles

Discussant: Susan Vogel, The Center for
African Art

2. Interpreting the Art of Central Zaire
Chair: Curtus Keim, Moravian College

Kuba Art and the Birth of Ethnography
John Mack, Museum of Mankind, The
British Museum

'Enlightened but in Darkness'--Mission
Interpretation of Kuba Art and Culture
David Binkley and Pat Darish, Nelson-Atkins
Museum of Art

The Figurative and the Geometric in Luba
Art: Interpretations of Anthropomorphism
Polly Nooter, The Center for African Art

Discussant: Tom Beidelman, New York

3. Images and Inventions of Africa
Chair: John Mack, The Museum of
Mankind, The British Museum
Samuel Phillips Vemer, Amateur
Gordon Gibson, National Museum of
Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Ethnography and Natural History-Defining
the Differences: Herbert Land and Frederick
Starr in Central Africa
Enid Schildkrout, American Museum of
Natural History

A Victorian Invention of Africa: The
Exhibition of H. Ward's Central African
Collection at the Smithsonian
Mary Jo Amoldi, National Museum of

Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Picturing Central Africa: The Invention of V
the Mangbetu in Historical Photographs
Christraud Geary, National Museum of
African Art, Smithsonian Institution

Discussant: Roy Sieber, National Museum
of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

4. Exploring African Art as Narrative
Chair: Roy Sieber, National Museum of
African Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tradition and Modernity: From Wall
Paintings to Paintings on Canvas
Bogumil Jewsiewicki, Universit6 Laval

Worked Objects as Memoriae Loci
V. Y. Mudimbe, Duke University

Magic, or as we usually say, Art: Words
and Images as a Framework for Looking at
European Art and African Art
Wyatt MacGaffey, Haverford College

Discussants: J.R. Goody, St. John's
College, Cambridge University, Simon
Ottenberg, University of Washington

10 ACASA Newsletter Number 29, December 1990

* A Call for Papers and Panels

Ninth Triennial Symposium
on African Art

Organized by
The Arts Council of the African Studies Association

Hosted by
The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History
The University of Iowa Museum of Art
Iowa City, Iowa

April 23-25, 1992

Deadline for panel proposals, April 1, 1991
Deadline for paper proposals, October 1, 1991

Proposals from all disciplines and geographical areas are welcome, and we especially encourage
those that emphasize cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approaches.

Please submit abstracts to:
Professor Allen F. Roberts, Program Chair
Anthropology Department, McBride Hall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

ACASA Newsletter Number 29, December 1990 11


Visiting Positions Sought

Paul Kengmo and his performance company, Le
Baobab, are seeking venues for performances,
workshops and/or residency programs. Paul
Kengmo, founded the dance company Le
Baobab in 1982. It is comprised of artists from
diverse ehtnic groups in Cameroon. Each artist
brings to Le Baobab his or her own traditional
culture, teaching it-dances, rituals, songs,
pantomimes, proverbs and rhythms-to the others.
Performances of Le Baobab reunite dance, song,
music, traditional theater, pantomimes and other
elements in an exhilarating and effusive display.
Please contact:
Brooke Kidd, Performance Manager
Performance Choreography Workshops
4712 Alton Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 543-4644.

New Positions

* Bates College
Lewiston, Maine 04240
Women's Studies/African American Studies

The program in Woman's Studies at Bates College
solicits applications for a tenure track joint
appointment between Women's Studies and
another discipline; the candidate's research must
bring an African-American perspective to the
study of women. Course offerings are completely
open and will depend on the candidate's
interests. The College has authorized several
departments to search for candidates who can
offer an African-American perspective. Funding is
tentatively available for three positions; first
consideration will begin November 1, and will
continue until the position is filled. The
appointment, at the level of assistant porfessor for
candidates who are ABD, would begin in
September 1991. Bates is a highly selective liberal
arts college, with 1500 students and 125 faculty.
Winters are about as cold as Chicago; summers

are lovely; faculty are congenial and supportive,
and the administration is enthusiastic about
interdisciplinary studies. We are about one hour
from the ocean and an easy three hours from
Boston. Bates offers research assistance, a
pre-tenure sabbatical and progressive leave
policies. Bates is an affirmative action employer.
Minority candidates are encouraged to identify
themselves. Send CV, transcripts and three
letters of recommendation to Elizabeth Tobin,
Director of Women's Studies, Bates College,
Lewiston, ME 04240

Departments who are interested in joint
appointments with Women's Studies include: Art,
History, Department of Romance Languages,
Political Science, Math, German, Russian, and
East Asian Languages, Theater, Psychology,
Music, and Biology.

(The African-American Studies Program will
include courses in African subjects, such as
African Art. Furthermore, if the college does not fill
all three designated positions in this academic
year for September 1991, the remaining slots will
revolve around for the following year's hiring. At
that time, the Department of Art will offer a position
of its own, which will not have a specifically
designated Women's Studies component).

* Cleveland State University
Art Historian

Tenure track. Rank open. Salary commensurate
with qualifications and experience. Start Sept.
1991. Graduate and undergraduate teaching and
advising in African/African-American Art History.
Teaching includes art appreciation as well as area
of specialization. PhD required. Demonstrated
teaching ability, publications preferred. Include
resume and 3 letters of recommendation.
Application deadline: Feb. 24, or until filled. AA.
EOE. Send to:
Dr. Walter Leedy, Chair, Art Dept.
E. 24th & Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115


12 ACASA Newsletter Number 29, December 1990

* University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Art Historian

Assoc. Prof. Tentative, subject to approval. Salary
competitive. Sept. 1991. Tenure track. PhD.
Specialist in African and Afroamerican Art. Split
appointment: .50 in Department of History of Art;
.50 in Center for Afroamerican and African
Studies. Teach courses for both units at all levels
in varied aspects of African and Afroamerican art,
with seminars in area of special expertise. PhD
with evidence of scholarly achievement required.
Include curriculum vitae, names of 3 references.
Application deadline: Jan. 31, 1991. EOE. AA.
WMA. Send to:
Diane Kirkpatrick, Chair
Dept. of History of Art
110 Tappan Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

* University of East Anglia,
Norwich, England
Lecturer in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the

Applications are invited for a new lectureship in
the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa,
Oceania, and the Americas. The SRU is an
expanding department located in the Sainsbury
Centre for Visual Arts, adjacent to the galleries. It
has excellent new facilities for staff and graduate
students, as well as its own research library.

The Unit is a part of the School of Art History and
Music. The successful candidate will supervise
postgraduate students, teach seminar courses
and conduct personal research. Candidates
should have or soon complete, a doctorate in
anthropology, art history or a related subject.
They should also have fieldwork experience in
one of the three major regions, and a strong
interest in the visual arts. Salary will commence on
Lecturer scale A (12086-16755 p.a.) plus USS
benefits, with the prospect of advancement to
scale B (17455-22311 p.a.)

Applications (three copies), including a full
curriculum vitae, date of birth, and the names and

addresses of three people to whom reference
may be made, should be lodged with:
Administrative Secretary
University of East Anglia
Norwich NR47TJ
Application deadline: March 1, 1991

Current Exhibitions

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Ave, S.W.
The Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

"Paramount Chiefs of Sierra Leone: Photographic
Portraits by Vera Viditz-Ward"
November 21 through September 2, 1991

Exhibition of 38 black-and-white and 10 color
photographs of high ranking chiefs--both men
and women--in ceremonial dress. The regalia
worn by paramount chiefs reflects Sierra Leone's
rich history.

Viditz-Ward is an American born photographer
who teaches at Bloomsburg University in
Pennsylvania. She first traveled to Sierra Leone in
1977 as a Peace Corps volunteer and in 1985,
she received a Fulbright grant to study 19th
century photography there. That year she began
photographing paramount chiefs for the nation's
1987 bicentennial celebration. She worked in
collaboration with Joseph Opala, an American
anthropologist who has spent 15 years in the
Sierra Leone studying the historical and cultural
significance of chiefly attire. Their project resulted
in an exhibition of photographs that is now part of
a permanent installation in Sierra Leone's National

In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum
has published a 12-page illustrated brochure
which is available free of charge.

ACASA Newsletter Number 29, December 1990 13

Galerle Amrad African Arts
1522 Sherbrooke O., # 6
Montr6al, P.Q. H3G 1L3

"African Dolls for Play and for Magic"
continues to the end of January 1991

Future Exhibitions

University Art Museum,
University of California, Santa Barbara

"Deceptive Realities: Authenticity and Quality in
African Art"
Main Gallery
January 16-February 24, 1991
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 15,
5:00-7:30 p.m.

'Traditional" sculpture of fake? Folk or tourist art?
Old or new? Artificially aged or a patina resulting
from sacrifices in a shrine? High quality or
mediocre? These questions and juxtapositions will
illuminate the varied worlds of
African sculpture, selectively, through an
examination of the woman and child theme and
the varied figurative arts of the Senufo, Baule, and
Asante. Organized by acting director, Herbert M.

A SYMPOSIUM (open to the public) on
"Deceptive Realities" (fakes, tourist, popular,
"traditional," airport art, etc.) will be held on
February 10, 1991, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at
the UCSB Pavillion Room. Papers will be delivered
by Henry Drewal, Philip Pavenhill, and Rachel
Hoffman. A Panel Discussion will also include
Doran Ross, Thomas Seligman, Herbert M. Cole,
plus a dealer and a collector. For information and
luncheon reservations call (805) 893-2951.

"Fighting with Art: Appliqud Flags of the Fante
West Gallery

Bright appliqu6 flags with a host of images
referring to proverbs are a major art form of military
companies of the Fante peoples of Southern
Ghana. The flags are danced and
otherwise displayed at festivals in which rival
companies compete with one another in
marching, singing and visual presentations. This
exhibition of flags, plus 8 enlarged color
photographs showing their contexts, is on loan
from the Fowler Museum of Cultural History,

Parsons School of Design
66 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York, 10011

"Visions of West Africa: Parsons in Cote d'lvoire
and Mali"
February 13- March 8, 1991

Parsons School of Design is marking seven years
of study programs in West Africa with this
upcoming exhibition. Included will be traditional
sculpture, textiles, metalwork and ceramics from
Cote d'lvoire and Mali, as well as a selection of
works by past program participants (numbering
now over 200) which either document
architecture, village life and craft traditions, or
show their influence on the artwork of the
participants themselves. Photographs, drawings
and journals will be shown along with works in clay,
fiber and metal.

14 ACASA Newsletter Number 29, December 1990



The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
"Caribbean Festival Arts"
February 10-April 14, 1991

This exhibition examines the assimilation of
African, Islamic and European cultural traditions as
displayed in the costume, music and dance of
Caribbean celebrations. It will focus on three
festivals: Jonkonnu, a Christmas festival; Hosay,
an Islamic festival which commemorates the death
of Hasan and Husain; and Carnival, the pre-Lenten
festival. The sensation of the festival experience
will be recreated in the galleries through the use of
video, recorded sound, and costume ensembles
presented on lifecast mannequins.

The Institute is planning 3 days of special events
to coincide with the exhibition on February 10,
March 10, and April 14. These events will include:
a 21st century Steel Band performance; Hollis
"Flash" Lashley (Calypso performance with
commentary); Jamaican storytelling by Cherly
Davidson; and a Reggae demonstration by The

Two lectures will be given in conjunction with
"Caribbean Festival Arts":
"The Arts and National Development: A
Caribbean Perspective" by Rex Nettleford,
founder of the National Dance Theater of
"Wet me down, let me fly, Carnival,
Trinidad!" by John Nunley, curator of the
Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas,
The Saint Louis Art Museum and
organizer of the exhibition.
Lectures are free and open to the public.


ACASA Newsletter Number29, December 1990 15

Recent Publications

* E.A. Dagan. African Dolls for Play and for

English and French text by E.A. Dagan, 144
pages, 242 b/w photos, 2 colour, drawings, maps,
Price $ 38.00 + 2.50 postage and
handling.Galerie Amrad African Arts
Offered by Galerie Amrad African Arts
1522 Sherbrooke 0., # 6
Montrdal, P.O. H3G 1 L3

* Marc L. Felix. MWANA HITI Life and Art of the
Matrilineal Bantu of Tanzania.

English and German text, 506 pages, 498
duotone illustrations, 12 maps, bibliography;
format 21 x 27 cm, clothbound in case, DM 248,-.
Published by Galerie Fred Jahn Studio,
Maximilianstrasse 10, 8000 Munich 22, Telefon
(089) 2207 12 and 2201 17.

* Christopher D. Roy, Editor. Iowa Studies in
African Art: The Stanley Conferences at The
University of Iowa, Volume III, "Art and Initiation in

$30.00. Please send check payable to the
University of Iowa to:
Christopher Roy
School of Art and Art History
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242


Send all news and announcements to Janet
Stanley, National Museum of African Art library,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 20560,
by March 15, 1991 for inclusion in the April

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


16 ACASA Newsletter Number 29, December 1990

Paper Proposal
34th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association
St. Louis, Missouri October 24-27, 1991

Please complete this form and send with paper abstract to: 1991 Annual Meeting, African Studies Association,
Emory University, Credit Union Building, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. All supporting material (proposal form, paper
abstract, and membership dues) must be received by March 15, 1991.

No paper proposal will be forwarded to the program committee until 1991 membership dues are received.
Exceptions to the membership requirement will be made for non-resident international scholars and persons
whose major area of expertise is not Africa. Such persons must submit their non-member pre-registration fees with
their paper proposals ($60 regular; $25 for persons currently teaching in African universities).

Name: Affiliation:

Paper Title:







Check one:

individual proposal

part of organized panel

If part of organized panel:
Panel Chair:

Panel Title:

Audiovisual equipment required:

16mm projector

podium light

overhead projector

VCR & monitor

electric pointer

slide projector

screen blackboard

___ cassette player

On a separate sheet of paper, provide an abstract of the proposed paper. Identify the topic; indicate the nature
and extent of data on which the paper is based; and summarize the argument presented in your work.


Panel or Roundtable Proposal
* 34th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association
St. Louis, Missouri October 24-27, 1991

Please complete this form and send to: 1991 Annual Meeting, African Studies Association, Emory University,
Credit Union Building, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. All supporting material (proposal form, abstracts, membership dues
or pre-registration fees) must be received by March 15, 1991.

No panel or roundtable proposal will be forwarded to the program committee until 1991 membership dues for all
panel members are received. Scholars who are non-resident international scholars or whose major area of
expertise is not Africa may request exemptions from the membership requirement. Such persons must submit
their non-member pre-registration fees with their paper proposals ($60 regular; $25 for persons currently teaching
in African universities).

Please indicate if this is a proposal for a panel or a roundtable

Panel or Roundtable Title:






Audiovisual equipment required:

Overhead projector

slide projector

16mm projector

VCR & monitor

Sodium light

electric pointer

Cassette player

In the space below, please provide a brief outline of the issues to be addressed by the panel or roundtable.



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