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ACASA Newsletter

Ste &s& c a. -uti e A ti can Studiea CAsciaot il

April 2002

in this issue...

ACASA News............................................. 2
Announcement of Sieber
Outstanding Dissertation Award .......... 3
ASA News ................................... ............ 3
Exhibitions & Events ..................................... 4
Call for Papers ........................................... 5
Conferences, Symposia & Workshops ........ 7
Of People and Places ................................... 8
Recent Publications & Films....................... 8
New Sources on the Internet.................. 10
Obituaries................................................... 10
Membership Form ................................... 11

http:/ /www.h-net.msu.edu/ ~artsweb/welcome/ acasa.html

Vol. 63

Drawing by Kenneth Ubani

ACASA Board of Directors

Robert Soppelsa, President
Michael Conner, President Pro-Ter
Rebecca Green, Secretary/Treasurer
Elisabeth Cameron, Newsletter Editor
Martha Anderson, Past President
Joanne Eicher
Babatunde Lawal
Robin Poynor
Enid Schildkrout
Christopher Steiner

All correspondence regarding membership information
and payment of dues should be directed to:
Rebecca Green,
Non-Western Art & Culture
1010 Fine Arts
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Email: rlgreen@bgnetbgsu.edu
Membership information and forms are available at end
of this Newsletter.

The ACASA Newsletter is published three times a year::
April, August, and December. The Newsletter seeks items
of interest for publication. You can send news about job
changes, fieldwork, travel, exhibitions, new publications,
etc. The next ACASA Newsletter will be in August 2002..
Please send news items by July 30, 2002 to:
Elisabeth L. Cameron
Porter Faculty Services
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
E-mail: ecameron@cats.ucsc.edu
Phone: 831/459-2763
Fax: 831/459-3535
Correction: Please note that Issues 61 & 62 were both
incorrectly numbered Issue 60.
August 2001 was Issue 61,
December 2001 was Issue 62.


Presidential Notes
Robert Soppelsa, ACASA President

April, 2002

Time flies: we are approaching the end of another
academic year This is one of the most pleasant times
of the year in temperate climate zones. The weather
has warmed, days are longer and flowers are peeking
out everywhere in many parts of the U.S. and
Europe. Remembering high temperatures and
humidity during the month of April in the West
African high savannah, I heave a great sigh of relief.
Many of our members who work in academia are
planning research trips for the summer to Europe or
Africa or to museum and private collections in the
US and Canada. After the difficult times last autumn
and the rigors of the winter, these escapes will be
especially welcome.

The CAA annual convention in Philadelphia this
February was remarkable for the large number of
Africa and Africa-related panels, and for the large
number of ACASA members who attended and
participated. The ACASA Board of Directors met
during the convention and discussed several matters,
including the location and dates of the 2004 Triennial,
the on-line ACASA membership database and panel/
round table proposals for the ASA meetings in
Washington this December. Our ASA liaison, Enid
Schildkrout, informs us that the conference program
this year will include a respectable number of art and

ACASA Newsletter

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art-related panels, and the NMAfA/Smithsonian will
have its usual fine exhibits on display, plus a show
titled "In and Out of Focus: Images from Central
Africa, 1885-1960." This, plus the "African Voices"
hall at the NMNH/Smithsonian,should provide
ample visual stimulation for those of us who are
lovers of expressive material culture.

Other ACASA news: funds in the ACASA endow-
ment and the new Sieber endowment for dissertation
awards in African Art have grown, but can always
use improvement. Send your tax-deductible contri-
butions to ACASA treasurer Rebecca Green at
Bowling Green State University. The venue for the
2004 Triennial is not yet fixed, but I should be able to
inform you of the place in the next newsletter. The
electronic membership data base is imminent. Our
organization is still faced with one thorny problem:
how to continue sending newsletters free of charge to
our African colleagues. We will wrestle with this
issue until we find a happy solution.
Meanwhile, enjoy the beautiful spring season and the
summer ahead. I will be a permanent resident of
Washington, D.C., as of July, 2002, and will certainly
attend the ASA meetings at the Marriott. I hope to
see many of you there for the ASA convention the
first week in December.

Bob Soppelsa,

ASA News
The 45th Annual Meeting oF the ASA
The 45th Annual meeting of the African Studies
Association is December 5-8, 2002, at the Marriott
Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. "Africa in
the Information and Technology Age" is the theme of
the conference. Cheryl Johnson-Odim of Columbia
College Chicago is the National Program Chair.

Please visit the ASA web site (http:/ /
www.africanstudies.org/) for more information and
Pre-registration Forms

Young Scholars Initiative

Mindful of the need to nurture the next generation of
Africanist scholars, the Board of Directors of the
African Studies Association wishes to encourage as
much graduate student participation at its annual
meetings as possible. To that end, at this year's
Annual Meeting we are sponsoring several different
activities designed to encourage and support the
efforts of young scholars.

1. A special set of Young Scholars Panels designed to
highlight both research in progress and reports from
the field.
2. The Board of Directors has established a new
annual prize for the best graduate student paper
presented at the previous year's Annual Meeting.
3. A set of special workshops designed to support the
efforts of young scholars to secure funding for their
research and to publish the results of their research,
both with respect to placing articles in Africanist
journals and in turning the dissertation into a book.
4. A special discounted student pre-registration rate
of $40.

For more information, contact the African Studies
Association or visit the ASA web site at


The board of ACASA is pleased to an-
nounce a new award in memory of Roy
Seiber. This award will be presented at Tri-
ennial Meetings for the outstanding Afri-
can art dissertation completed over the
three years prior to the event (e.g., Sept.
2000 Aug. 2003).

We welcome donations to the Roy Seiber
Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award
fund, so that we can offer young scholars a
cash reward. The board hopes to raise $4000
to endow the award, and would use any
funds in excess of this amount to support
graduate student attendance at future Tri-

Exhibitions & Events

Renewing Tradition: The Revitalization ofBogolan
in Mali and Abroad
Neuberger Museum of Art
February 3-May 26, 2002

Gifts and Blessings: The Textile Arts of Madagascar
14 April-2 September 2002
The National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)

Curatorial Team: Christine Mullen Kreamer
(NMAfA), Coordinating Curator (NMAfA); Sarah
Fee, Guest Curator; Mary Jo Arnoldi (NMNH);
Christraud Geary (NMAfA)

This ground-breaking exhibition examines historic
and contemporary textile production in Madagascar
and the role of textiles as gifts bestowed to forge local
and international relations. The ultimate gift from a
Malagasy perspective is cloth, and cloth production
continues to play a vital role in the social and eco-
nomic lives of women and men in Madagascar today.
The dynamism of contemporary cloth production in
Madagascar is examined in the exhibition through a
comprehensive collection of cloths, textile art, and
fashions field collected for this exhibition by the
National Museum of African Art. This important
collection brings the exhibition right up to the
present and features stunning silk and cotton wrap-
pers, burial shrouds, and marriage cloths, as well as
fine art textiles destined for museums and private
collections and high-end contemporary fashions
found in designer boutiques in and outside Mada-

For information contact:
Christine Mullen Kreamer
Curator, National Museum of African Art
tel: 202-357-4600, ext. 236
fax: 202-357-4879
email: kreamerc@nmafa.si.edu

Accompanying Publication:
Objects as Envoys: Cloth, Imagery and Diplomacy in
Madagascar. Edited by Christine Mullen Kreamer and
Sarah Fee. Introduction by Christine Mullen
Kreamer. Essays by: Sarah Fee, Mary Jo Aroldi,
Edgar Krebs and Wendy Walker, and Christraud
Published by National Museum of African Art in association with
the University of Washington Press. 2002. 208 pp., 112 ills; most in
color; maps, glossary, bibliog, index. ISBN: 0-295-98196-2. $35.00.
[contact U of Washington Press.
Unpacking Europe
Curated by Salah Hassan and Iftikhar Dadi
Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum

December 13 2001 until February 14 2002

This international multi-media exhibition interro-
gates the meanings of Europe, its history and, its
contemporary political, cultural, and ideological -
forces. A group of eighteen artists has been invited to
present works elucidating this theme, commenting
on what Europe, its history, and present-day realities
mean to them. While the artists' responses are multi-
faceted, the theme has allowed them to examine
critically the contradictions between the homogeniz-
ing official narrative and the everyday realities of
urban life where heterogeneity, cross-cultural influ-
ences, and hybridity have long been the living

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive
publication entitled Unpacking Europe, which com-
prises of two parts. Part One examines the theme of
"unpacking" Europe from diverse historical and
cultural perspectives. Part Two focuses on the work
of the participating artists. It includes individual
commissioned essays on each of the artists, as well as
reproductions of the artists' works.

Edited by Salah Hassan and Iftikhar Dadi, the volume includes a
preface by Gilane Tawadros.
Published by NAi Uitgevers, Rotterdam;
ISBN 90-5662-233-1; 467 pages; paperback bound; 2001. (NLG
69.50 / Euro 3150)

The Short Century: Liberation Movements in Africa,
PS1/MOMA, New York
through May 5.
The show's co-curators are Okwui Enwezor, Mark
Nash, Chika Okeke, Lauri Firstenberg and Rory

Aspects: Akan Cultures in Ghana.
Gemeente Museum in the Hague
October 29, 2001 to January 6, 2002
Curator: Daniel Mato

It was one component of a number of exhibitions
held congruently in the Netherlands to celebrate
their relations with Ghana from earliest contacts.

Catalog title: Aspects: Akan Cultures In Ghana
Available from Gemeente Museum Bookstore Stadthouderslaan
41, 2517 HV Den Haag Netherlands
Contact Daniel Mato for further information: dmato@ucalgary.ca

Malangatana: A 40-Year Survey of a Contemporary
Mozambican Artist
The David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, R.I.
April 13 through May 27,2002 -

Best known for his dramatic paintings, Malangatana
is an internationally recognized artist who has
produced a broad range of work in diverse mediums
- from drawings, murals, ceramics and sculpture, to
poetry and music. His exhibition at the Bell Gallery
will feature some 15 of his paintings and 25 of his
drawings, spanning the past 40 years of his career -
and, for the first time, introducing his larger creative
opus to the North American public.
The Bell Gallery is located on the first floor of the List Art Center,
64 College St. The Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11
a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. For more
information, call (401) 863-2932.

Ways of the Rivers: Arts and Environment of the
Niger Delta
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
May 19, 2002, through Nov. 17, 2002

The Niger Delta is a unique river environment in
sub-Saharan Africa that is home to many peoples and
languages. Despite severe economic and political
hardships, a convergence of cultures and art forms
has thrived for centuries in this watery region of
Nigeria. Emphasizing the importance of water and
environment in daily and spiritual life, this traveling
exhibition brings together a multicultural assemblage
of large-scale masks, water spirit headdresses,
warrior figures, puppets and ritual dress. This is the
first exhibition to comprehensively explore this
unique region of Africa, known for its unrivaled
shrine sculpture and masquerade. The more than 130
works of art on view communicate the power that
rivers have to sustain, unite and inspire.

Orosunnunku, Exhibition of drawings and photo-
Aina Onabolu Building, National Theatre Annex,
Iganmu, Lagos State Nigeria.
April 26 through May 11, 2002 (tentative)

This exhibition showcases the drawings and photo-
graphic drawings of a few contemporary Nigerian
Artists who are based in Lagos State and have
contributed to the growth of contemporary Art in
Nigeria. They are: Dr. Abayomi Barber, Dr. Bruce
Onabrakpeya, Dr. David Dale, Deji Ajose Dil.
Humphrey Umezulike, Duke Asidere, Kelechi
Amadiobi, Kolade Oshinowo, Kunle Filani and
Rukeme Noserime.

Call For Papers & Participants

Call For participation
The Art Gallery of Virtual Africa has been offering,
for four years, a space of free expression dedicated to
all artists from Black Africa and North Africa. See
http:/ /www.olats.org/africa/galerie for current
exhibitions. The participation is free. You are invited
to submit your application ( a CV, a few illustrations,
and a text describing your work) at the following
Jocelyne Rotily/ Leonardo
174 Bis, rue Jean Mermoz
13008 Marseilles, France.
E-mail: jocelyne.Rotily@wanadoo.fr.

Call For Papers For Publication "Africa in Florida"
Robin Poynor and Amanda Carlson are requesting
essay submissions for an edited anthology tentatively
titled "Africa in Florida." This anthology will explore
how Florida both shapes and is shaped by the
multiple African Diasporas that move through it. We
encourage submissions that deal with historical or
contemporary experiences from diverse disciplinary
and theoretical perspectives.

This volume encourages a critical evaluation of the
concept of "Florida" as a cultural and geographical
entity. As cultural historians, we have begun to
recognize that geographic boundaries have compli-
cated our understanding of cultures. Thus, this
volume will not only address examples of African
based cultures in Florida, but will also explore the
consequences of using another geographical location,
such as Florida, as a scholarly framework.

If you have a finished essay or even a great idea,
please consider submitting your contribution to
Africa in Florida. Please send us:
1. Abstract of your proposed essay. In 250-500 words,
please describe the topic and argument of your essay.
In addition, briefly describe research methodology
and the state of your research (completed or in
2. Curriculum Vitae
Deadline for Submission: August 15th, 2002.
Send to:
Amanda Carlson, Stuart Golding Chair in African Art
Art Department, University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., FAH 110
Tampa, Fl 33620
For additional information, contact:
Amanda Carlson: (813) 974-9325; findamanda@aol.com
Robin Poynor (352) 392-0201 ext 223; rpoynor@ufl.edu

Educators in Africa called to participate
People to People International (FTPI) seeks educators
in Africa to participate in its School and Classroom
Program.-The PTPI School and Classroom Program is
a free service that connects teachers and their stu-
dents with similar-age classrooms in other countries.
Through this rewarding program, classrooms in
different countries form partnerships to collaborate
on educational projects. Projects guide students
through a thoughtful evaluation of their culture,
activities, environment, challenges and concerns.
Projects must better students' understanding of
another culture and help them form friendships with
peers abroad. Interaction between classrooms occurs
online and offline and may employ audio and visual

Primary and secondary students (K-12); home school
students; students with disabilities; and student
members of after school clubs, youth groups, church
groups, and scouts from all countries are welcome to
join the School and Classroom Program.

To join, teachers or student supervisors complete a
School and Classroom Program registration form and
return it to People to People International. Please
complete one registration form per classroom.
Registration forms may be obtained online at www.ptpi.org or
People to People International, School and Classroom Program,
501 E. Armour Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64109-2200
U.S.A., 1.816.531.4701, 1.816.561.7502 fax, cassroom@ptpi.org to
request a registration form.

Call For Papers For CAA
Title of Panel: The Contemporary Other: Immigrant
Artists in (We)stern Cities
Panel scheduled for the 91st Annual Conference of the College Art
Association (New York, February 19-22,2003).

Theme: The master narrative of modern art history
has consistently refused to acknowledge its own
cross-cultural expansion through dissemination of art
school education in the former colonies. However,
while the institutionally trained artists from Asia,
Africa, and Latin America who have migrated to the
cosmopolitan cultural centers of Europe and North
America in the recent decades mostly occupy mar-
ginal spaces in the discourse of contemporary art,
their status raises intriguing questions of identity,
power, and displacement. How, for instance, do their
local identities mediate in their self-assertion in a
global arena? How do they confront an imposed
image of otherness and empower themselves as
contemporary intellectuals voluntarily transgressing
geographical and cultural boundaries? What is the


impact of this transgression on the study of contem-
porary art within the discipline of art history? Papers
from art historians, practicing artists, and critics
should explore such questions from a range of

Chair: Sunanda K Sanyal, Liberal Arts Department, The Art
Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Please contact by e-mail
before May 13, 2002.

Call For Papers For Graduate Student Symposium
Local Modernities: Islamic Cultural Practices
as Sites ofAgency, Mediation, and Resistance
Graduate Student Symposium
Department of the History of Art and Architecture,
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
October 5, 2002

Recent scholarship has challenged the definition of
modernity as an invention of the West that spreads
with the rise of industrialism, capitalism, the nation-
state, and colonialism. Taking the disruption of this
deterministic model as a starting point, the sympo-
sium seeks to ask how the conceptual orientation of
modernity shifts once we begin to critically consider
a more complex range of locales. Specifically, the
examination of Islamic cultural practices during the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries will allow us to
explore alternative ways and define what exactly
constitutes the experience of modernity.

Our focus on traditionally marginalized positions is
intended to activate the discourse on modernity and
the multi-directional flows of people, goods, ideas,
and cultural practices. The conference will serve as
an opportunity to go beyond the essentializing
definition of Islamic culture as a practice firmly
rooted in the past, religious subject matter, and a
geographical heartland and will also bring into
dialogue the relations between diverse modernities,
including those of the West. We welcome abstracts
dealing with case studies within and outside of the
Islamic world and methodological critiques concern-
ing problems and possibilities of peripheries. Ab-
stracts should be no more than 250 words and be
received by Mayl5, 2002. Please submit abstracts via
mail or email to:
Kristina Van Dyke
Department of the History of Art and Architecture
Harvard University
485 Broadway
Sadder Museum
Cambridge, MA 02138

Call For Papers
Africa's Intellectual Caravans: Bilad as Sudan and Al
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
November 7 through 9, 2002
Northwest African institutions and systems of belief
have been deeply influenced by continual interaction
with Sudanic Africa and its peoples' belief systems.
Sudanic African scholars and cultural workers were
equal partners in Maghaaribi Africa's transmission of
Islamic scholarship and culture to Mediterranean
Europe. "Bilad al Sudan's" role as a cultural and
intellectual bridge between Africa North and Africa
South, cannot be over stressed, especially since
portions of West Africa and the entire Sudanic belt of
Africa have, like their Muslim brethren in North
Africa, been Muslim for more than a thousand years.

Northwest Africa has been a major conduit between
southern Europe and Africa south of the Sahara for a
lengthy period of time. The ancient trading, cultural
and political links between the Maghrib and bilad al
Sudan became more complex beginning with the
birth of Islam in 622 CE. The multi-ethnic caravans,
traveling through the major market cities along
Africa's ancient trade routes, gave safe haven to
diverse merchants and scholars; that unique group of
people ferried goods, religious ideas, religious and
secular scholarship and the craft of writing in the
Arabic script and language. Starting with the Egyp-
tian Nile Valley in 641CE, Islamic religious ideas and
scholarship spread to the Northwest/Maghrib, to
Mediterranean Europe and due South to bilad al-
Sudan. It went south beyond the Limpopo river and
further southeast to Africa's coast and into Asia.

Please contact the Symposium coordinators for list of
themes and details for submission of abstracts.
Interested participants should contact:
Dr. Constance E. Berkley
Program in Africana Studies,
Box 739 124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12604.
845 437 7487 /Fax: 845 437 5925
Email: coberkley@vassar.edu

ConFerences, Symposium, & Workshops

International NCA Conference and Educational
Study Trip
July 18-August 14,2002
Theme: Renewing Our Spiritual Connections
The National Conference of Artists invites you to join
us for our 4th International Conference and Educa-
tional Tour to Accra, Cape Coast, and Kumasi,

Ghana. Unite with artists, scholars, and cultural
luminaries from the U.S., the Caribbean and Africa
for what will be a truly exciting, culturally enlighten-
ing and inspirational experience for everyone who

Reserve your space now! Write to:
NCA Ghana 2002
P.O. box 881
New York, NY 10035
Or email: ncanewyork@aol.com
Or call: 212-410-V92

Fieldwork in the Arts
A Panel in Fieldwork in Africa Symposium
Dakar, Senegal, 12-15 June, 2002
Panel Organizers: Joanna Grabski and Rebecca Green
In light of recent questions regarding future direc-
tions for African art studies, this panel addresses
fieldwork as an enterprise at the very core of knowl-
edge production about the arts in Africa. This panel
invites papers on theoretical, scholarly, ethical, and
practical aspects related to fieldwork in the arts.
Papers might consider the following themes, issues,
and questions: What are the processes and goals of
fieldwork in the arts? How does fieldwork relate to
issues of representation, the creation of scholarly
discourse, and the notion of "data collection?" How
do relatively new theoretical paradigms and method-
ological orientations inform art historical and other
art-related fieldwork? For instance, how do inter-
views function as descriptive texts and performative
interactions? How do individual voices/field inter-
views factor into the constructions of both historical
and contemporary narratives/art historical knowl-
edge? What are the broader ramifications for art
historical studies when field research focuses on the
historical, socio-cultural, political, or aesthetic
platforms from which objects operate? What are the
possibilities and challenges of conducting fieldwork
in rural and urban field sites? What are the ethical
implications of fieldwork involving objects with
financial value?

In the USA, contact Leigh Swigart, US Directr West African
Research Association, African Studies Center, Boston Unviersity,
270 Bay State Road, Boston, MA. Phone: 67-353-8902; Fax: 617-353-
4965; e-mail: wara@bu.edu

The Cultured Body
University of Iowa
October 18-20, 2002
The Cultured Body will explore a variety of perspec-
tives on African fashion, body painting, jewelry, and
other forms of personal adornment. All of the
invited presenters have particular interest in the role
of African body arts in processes of cultural change,
both in contemporary and historical contexts. In

addition, the conference will bring together scholars
whose work focuses on the uses of the body in the
work of contemporary African artists, and the
influence of African clothing and body arts on global
markets for art and fashion.

For further information, including a preliminary schedule, contact:
Victoria Rovine at (319) 353-2468 e-mail: victoria-
or Sarah Adams at (319) 335-1778 e-mail sarah-adams@uiowa.edu

OF Peoples and Places

Carol Magee has been awarded a 2-year Woodrow
Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship and will also hold an
Assistant Professorship at Elon University in NC
starting this August.

Constantine Petridis was appointed Assistant
Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve
University and Assistant Curator of African Art at
the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, Ohio).

Nigerian master dyer, Iya Laro Silifatu Suliman will
be in residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the
month of June. She will give a workshop in Yoruba
indigo dyeing techniques and design (adire). She will
also be available for interviews, possible topics
would be adire iconography as well as dye methods.
This is an opportunity for a researcher to spend
intensive time with a Nigerian national treasure
without traveling to Nigeria. Contact Victoria Scott at
Black Art Studio in Santa Fe for more information.
vikki@blackartstudio.com phone 505.986.9143

John M. Pefer recently filed his Ph.D. dissertation in
the Department of Art History and Archaeology,
columbia Unviersity. His dissertation is titled "The
Struggle for Art at the End of Apartheid."

The Ryerson and Burnham Archives and the Depart-
ment of African and Amerindian Art at The Art
Institute of Chicago are pleased to announce that the
William B. Fagg Archive is now available for re-
search in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the
Art Institute. The finding aid to the collection can be
found at: http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/
rbarchives/ findaid.html.

Rebecca Nagy was appointed Director of the Ham
Museum of Art at the University of Floriday and will
begin her duties there as of July 1, 2002.

Recent Publications & Films:
Comments about the publications and films are provided by the
authors, filmmakers, or publishers and are not necessarily the
opinion of the editors.

Five African Art Facts
With the help of a dynamic young tour guide,
viewers learn the meaning and use for a variety of
masks, ritual staffs, and other traditional African
artifacts. This brief but lively video shows examples
from several different sub-Saharan cultures, along
with film clips of similar objects in use in traditional
celebrations. Free Teacher's Guide available for use
with students in grades 3-6.
Running time: 30 minutes
$9.95 (educators deduct 10%)
1996 Communication Award
ISBN: 0-917046-45-5
Ordered from:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Media Production/Sara Johnson-Ward
2800 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221-2466

From Ritual to Modern Art: Tradition and Modernity
in Tanzanian Sculpture
Editors: Manfred Ewel and Anne Outwater
This superbly illustrated and produced book
counters the serious misconception that East African
art is non-existent and is one of the few publications
to have come out of Tanzania, bearing witness to the
appreciation of sculptural art and its tradition in that
country. The book arose out of a symposium on "The
Significance of Traditional Cultures for Today's
Society." Papers from that symposium, together with
additional articles on the history and current state of
ssulpture in Tanzania, present African art from an
African perspective.
ISBN: 9976973756 136 pp. col.ill 2001 Mkuki na Nyota Publ.
$74.95/44.95 cased edition, $49.95/29.95 pb edition.
Orders to African Book Collective, The Jam Factory
27 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HU, UK or
orders@africanbookscollective.com or

Life in Stone: Zimbabwean Sculpture Birth of a
Contemporary Art Form
by Olivier Sultan
This updated edition includes a preface about new
developments in Zimbabwean sculpture in the 1990s
and pictures of sculptures by some of Zimbabwe's
latest new talent. Zimbabwean sculptors rank among
the best in the world. Life in Stone describes the
genesis of this important movement and highlights
the works of fifteen prominent Zimbabwen sculptors.
The sculptors from Zimbabwe have achieved their

reputation on the unique value and individuality of
their work. Life in Stone provides the context out of
which the sculpture movement in Zimbabwe ac-
quired a life and strength of its own.
ISBN: 1779090234 116pp. illpl. 1999 Baobab Books $30.95/18.95
Orders to African Book Collective, The Jam Factory
27 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HU, UK or
orders@africanbookscollective.com or

An annotated bibliography on the Southern Sudan,
by Professor Terje Tvedt
We are proud to inform you that a new major biblio-
graphic work on the Southern Sudan has been
compiled by Prof. Terje Tvedt at the Centre for
Development Studies at the University of Bergen.
The two-volume work is the first comprehensive
bibliography on the Sudan in general and the South-
ern Sudan especially. The broad thematic scope and
its many annotations make it a unique source for
knowledge about the region, exploring literature
related to history, anthropology, development aid,
emergency aid, nature, climate, language, etc. It
should therefore be of interest to NGOs, UN
organizations, politicians, journalists, researchers and
Price: USD 195 / NOK 1750
Postage and packing per order:
Norway: USD 8 / NOK 75; World: USD 24 / NOK 210
Address: Centre for Development Studies, Stremgt. 54,5007
Bergen, NORWAY; E-mail: post@sfu.uib.no
Webpage: http://
Fax: +47 55 58 98 92

Ethiopian Art: The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, has
recently published a highlights guide to its exquisite
collection of Ethiopian art, one of the largest outside
of Addis Abbaba. The fully illustrated, 144 page
catalogue of crosses, manuscripts, and icons contains
over 70 color images and essays on Ethiopian history
and culture as well as Ethiopian art history.
Third Millennium Publishers, London
Hardcover ($30)
Order from Antique Collectors Club or from the Walters Art
Museum Store in softcover ($19.95) at 1-866-804-9387.

A Host of Devils: the History and Context of the
Making of Makonde Spirit Sculpture
by Zachary Kingdon
This book provides an in-depth account of the
background, origin, and development of a unique,
contemporary artistic movement which first emerged
during colonial times among the Makonde people

who mainly inhabit the Mueda plateau in Cabo
Delgado region, Mozambique.
Publisher: Routledge ISBN number: 0-415-27727-2.
Order from: Direct Sales Routledge Freepost, Andover, Hampshire
Hants. SP10 5BR or from the Routledge website: http:/ /

Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back
by Pamela McClusky with a contribution by Robert
Farris Thompson
This strikingly unusual and beautifully illustrated
book represents a turning point in African art history.
The authors draw on personal memories, interviews,
and oral narratives to present twelve "case histories"
of objects-or clusters of objects-in the Seattle Art
Museum's renowned collection of African art. Each
case history is enriched by comments from artists, art
historians, writers, community members, and
patrons who guide readers back into the markets,
palaces, ceremonies, shrines, and streets where
African art originated.
For more information, see http:/ /pup.princeton.edu/titles/
Exhibition: Seattle Art Museum February 7, 2002 May 19,2002

Land and Lives
By Elsa Miles
Land and Lives is a story of early black South African
artists is a thorough and unique account of pioneer
black artists born in the 19th and early 20th century.
The work of the early artists unfolds in the context of
an African upbringing that encounters new religious
disciplines and literacy, introduced through mission
and government schools. This book narrates the
internal conflict which the artists experienced in such
a context as well as the artistic products that
The aim of this book is to explore urban art created
by early black artists in South Africa. In spite of the
history of this period, one of conflict and deprivation,
they claimed a place with pencil, pen, brush or chisel.
This remarkable study is an invaluable contribution
to the art history of South Africa and pays homage to
the artists' creative power.
Hardcover;192 pp; full colour; Published by the Johannesburg Art
Gallery 1997
ISBN 0 79813658 8

African Theology in Images
by Martin Ott
This book is a comprehensive study of the role of art
in the process of inculturation in Africa. The dialogue
of images between African and biblical symbols
enriches the debate on contextualization with unique

forms of authentic Christian expression, faithful to
the African and the Christian tradition.
ISBN 99908-16-30-1, Kachere Monograph No. 12. 604 pp, 70
illustr., 2000, $49.95

Rara! Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and
Its Diaspora
By Elizabeth McAlister
Rara is a vibrant annual street festival in Haiti, when
followers of the Afro-Creole religion called Vodou
march loudly into public space to take an active role
in politics. Working deftly with highly original
ethnographic material, Elizabeth McAlister shows
how Rara bands harness the power of Vodou spirits
and the recently dead to broadcast coded points of
view with historical, gendered, and transnational
277 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 15 b/w photographs; includes a 24-track
Clothbound: $60.00 0-520-22822-7 40.00
Paperback: $24.95 0-520-22823-5 17.95

Film: Recalling the Future/Art in Contemporary
Contemporary African Artists are facing a difficult
task: the need to balance a powerful cultural heritage
with the parameters of modern individual creation.
African Art is often the victim of pre-existing concep-
tions, remnants of colonialism, with its notions of
"primitive" peoples. For the Western world, this
continent is largely a projection of dreams and
desires for exoticism. The world's "appreciation" of
African dances, masks, music, results in expectations
of "Africanity", and the denial of the right to moder-
nity. Using as a focus and starting point the 3rd
Biennial of the Arts in Dakar, Senegal [Dak'Art 98],
"Recalling the Future" explores how the many
trained, professional modem visual artists from
every country of Africa take their place in the world-
wide evolution of artistic expression.
Arts in Action Society, 5570 Blenheim Street, Vancouver, B.C.,
Canada, V6N 1P5
Phone:[604] 263-2058; Fax: [604] 263-2052

New Sources on tle Internet

Announcing H-LUSO-FRICA:H-Net Network on
Lusophone African Studies
Sponsored by H-Net, Humanities & Social Sciences
On-line, Michigan State University and the
Lusophone African Studies Organization (LASO).
H-Luso-Africa is an official discussion list initiated

by the Lusophone African Studies Organization
(LASO). The aims of the network and the organiza-
tion are: to promote scholarly research in all areas
and disciplines of the social sciences, natural sci-
ences, and humanities about Lusophone Africa; to
encourage international cooperation and facilitate the
exchange of ideas and meaningful dialogue among
persons engaged in research on Lusophone Africa; to
encourage the publication and dissemination of
scholarly and artistic works as well as primary
sources on Lusophone African studies; to organize
panels, symposia, and conferences on Lusophone
African studies at meetings of regional, national and
international organizations; and to provide the
general public with information on historical, anthro-
pological, political, economic and other issues related
to Lusophone Africa.
H-LUSO-AFRICA is co-edited by Kathleen Sheldon
and Nick Creary
. It is advised by a board of

University of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum collec-
tion on-line
We are pleased to be able to announce that the
databases for the collections at the University of
Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum are available online via
the Museum's web site at http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk
or directly at http:/ /www.prm.ox.ac.uk/databases/ .


J. D. Clark, 85; Archeologist Was Expert on Early
J. Desmond Clark, a UC Berkeley archeologist and
anthropologist who wrote the book and became a
living textbook on the prehistory of Africa, has died.
He was 85.

Seydou Keita Dies
Seydou Keita, a leading Malian portrait photogra-
pher and key figure in African photography, died in
Paris on November 21, 2001.

Directory of Members will
appear in the August 2002


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