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Vols. for Aug. 1992- include Directory of members: addendum.
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Number 9 Spring 1985


ACASA membership for 1985 totals 133 with both institutional and individual
memberships, as well as two honorary memberships with the affiliated African
Studies Association (ASA) and College Art Association (CAA). An updated
membership roster is included with this newsletter.


The executive secretary of CAA, Rose R. Weil, has officially informed Arnold
Rubin that ACASA has been accepted as an Affiliated Society of CAA. In her
letter Ms. Weil writes:
We hope that this new status will bring about greater communication and
mutual enrichment between the two societies; we particularly want to urge
those members of the Arts Council who are not also members of the CAA to
become members at this time.

The recent CAA meetings in Los Angeles had the greatest representation of
African and Pre-Columbian panels in its history. The papers presented are
listed under the Conferences/Symposia section of this newsletter. For next
year's CAA meetings in New York, Suzanne Blier and Kate Ezra are organizing a
panel on oral traditions and the arts.


Submissions of panel and paper proposals for the next ASA meetings are lagging
behind last year's. This is due in part to ASA's new requirement that "payment
of pre-registration fees is a condition of acceptance of proposals" and in part
to dates that fall at the end of many school terms. In addition, with the
Seventh Triennial Symposium on African Art coming up (April 3-6, 1986; see
Triennial below), many people are reserving their annual travel allocations.

Completed panels include:
"The Power of the Written Word: Amuletic Uses of Arabic Writing"
Chair: Ren6 Bravmann
"Cloth and History"
Chairs: Lisa Aronson and Jean Hay

Proposed Panels:
"Art and Celebrations" (explained as celebrations like centenaries,
obtaining chieftancy status, thanksgivings, etc.)
Chair: Joanne B. Eicher
"Proxemics, Spatial Relationships in the Study of African Art"
Chair: Chris Mullen Kreamer

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ASA MEETING (continued)

Please send abstracts for these and other paper/panel proposals immediately to: S
Arnold Rubin
Department of Art History
University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90024


Dates for the Seventh Triennial to be hosted at UCLA have been set for
April 3-6, 1986. Four exhibitions are planned to run concurrently:
"Kuba Raffia Textiles: Dressing for the Next Life"
UCLA Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery
"The Essential Gourd: Its Art and History in Northeastern Nigeria"
UCLA Museum of Cultural History
"Spectacular Vernacular" (African Desert Architecture)
UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning
"The Mother and Child in African Sculpture"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Panel and paper proposals are currently being accepted and should be sent to:
Doran H. Ross
Associate Director
Museum of Cultural History
University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90024

Three panels have already been proposed:
"Children's Masquerade Traditions"
Chair: David A. Binkley
"Portraiture in African Art"
Chair: Jean M. Borgatti
"The Anti-Aesthetic in African Art"
Chair: Herbert M. Cole

Suggested topics, as yet without a chair or any specific papers, include
"African Art and 20th Century Western Art: A Reappraisal in Light of
'The Exhibition'."

There will also be at least one general panel so presenters are encouraged to
propose papers that may not fit into more focused panels.

Plans call for finalizing the program at the November ASA meeting in New


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o Ghana Studies Bulletin
The second issue is now available. This publication is intended as a working
tool for scholars concerned particularly with the humanities and social
sciences. Contents include a directory of current research, notes on archival
resources, bibliography, and book reviews. Subscriptions ($5.00 U.S.) and
enquiries should be addressed to:
Dr. Bruce M. Haight
College of General Studies
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

o The Third Annual Ghana Symposium will meet June 14, 1985, at the School of
Oriental and African Studies, London. Papers are welcome on all aspects of
Ghanaian studies. Proposals should be submitted to:
David Killingray
Department of History
Goldsmith's College
University of London
New Cross
London SE14 6NW

o Lectures Sought
In connection with the Triennial, Dr. Irwin Tunis and his wife, the former Frau
Dr. Angelika Rumpt, Abteiling Africa, Museum FUr Volkerkunde Berlin, are
interested in securing paid lectures to help defray expenses. Their schedules
are flexible, but lectures would have to be either before or after the meetings
(April 3-6, 1986). Please write:
Dr. Irwin Tunis
Wilsnackerstrasse 2
D-1000 Berlin 21

Note: Visiting scholars to the U.S. for the Triennial or other occasions are
invited to use the ACASA Newsletter to announce their plans.

o WOZA ALBERT! is the unusual international hit play written and performed by
Percy Mtwa and Mbongeni Ngena. The playwrights, two Black South Africans, have
crafted a series of sharply etched sketches--alternately satiric, humorous, and
deeply moving. Now in an innovative BBC film, the two author/actors show us how
WOZA ALBERT! grew out of improvisations based on their own life experiences in
South Africa. Extensive excerpts from the play are intercut with actual visits
by the authors to the markets, labor exchanges, and train stations and with the
open-air barbers, youthful street vendors, and aged scavengers, who inspired the
sketches. We begin to feel the humiliation of having to sell oneself to a white
employer for the lowest wage, the terror of being caught without a pass, the
resiliency that helps Blacks continue the fight for justice in their country.
For information regarding rental or purchase of either the film or video-
cassette, call The Southern Africa Media Center at (415) 621-6196.

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o Field Research among the Baga of Guinea
Frederick Lamp, Associate Curator at The Baltimore Museum of Art, was conducting
field research among the Baga of Guinea (Conakry) from March 4 to April 18,
1985. The work is supported through a grant from the Special Foreign Currency
Program of the Smithsonian Institution. The purpose is a feasibility study in
preparation for a further, extended tour and, ultimately, an exhibition on the
art of the Baga.

O Exhibition of Contemporary Nigerian Artists in Edinburgh, Scotland
Contemporary Nigerian artists will be exhibiting at the Commonwealth Institute
in Edinburgh, Scotland, August 12-31. The exhibition will be the Institute's
contribution to the annual Edinburgh Arts Festival. Among those exhibiting will
be Jimoh Buraimoh, Nike Nicholas, Samuel Barbarinsa, Twins Seven Seven, Jacob
Afolabi, Adebisi Fabunmi, Lamidi Fakeye, and many more.


"Fighting with Art: Appliqu6 Flags of the Fante Asafo"
African-American Institute, New York City, 2/14 6/8/85

"Primitivism in 20th Century Art"
Detroit Institute of Arts, 2/23 5/19/85

"The Art of Cameroon"
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, 3/9 6/16/85

"Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos"
The Center for African Art, New York City, 3/12 6/16/85

"Animal Bird and Myth in African Art"
The Heard Museum, Phoenix, opening 4/14/85

"African Art from the Harrison Eiteljorg Collection"
Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4/17 5/26/85

"I Am Not Myself: The Art of African Masquerade"
UCLA Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, 6/9 12/15/85

"African Masterpieces from the Musee de L'Homme"
National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., opening 6/9/85

"Praise Poems: The Katherine White Collection of African Art"
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 9/7 11/24/85


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Symposium on The Art of Masquerade in Africa
The University Art Museum, UCSB, in cooperation with The Museum of Cultural
History, UCLA, presented a symposium with film and video on The Art of
Masquerade in Africa. The symposium, sponsored by Friends of Ethnic Arts, Santa
Barbara; The Art Affiliates, UCSB; The University Art Museum, UCSB; and College
of Letters & Science, UCSB, was held in Santa Barbara on February 9, 1985. The
speakers included:
"Baule Masquerades (Ivory Coast) as Expressions of World View,"
Dr. Susan M. Vogel
"Women's Masquerades among the Vai of Liberia," Dr. Lester Monts
"Drama in Northern Edo Masking," Dr. Jean Borgatti
"Masquerades of the Nigerian Benue Valley," Dr. Arnold G. Rubin
"Black and White Equals Gray: Why an Igbo Masquerader is Not Himself,"
Dr. Herbert M. Cole

African and Pre-Columbian Art Panels at the 1985 National Meeting of the College
Art Association
Below is a list of the speakers who participated on the Primitive Art Panels at
the 1985 National Meetings of the College Art Association held February 14-16 in
Los Angeles:

"Re-Evaluating Our Predecessors: Ethnographic Art Historians Look Back"
Chair: Janet Catherine Berlo
"Marcel Griaule and African Art," Daniel Biebuyck
"Melville J. Herskovits: Re-Evaluating Cultural Relativism from the
Perspective of Dahomean Art," Suzanne Preston Blier
"Stewart Culin and the 'Real Art' of the North American Indian," Diane Fane
"Boas, Teit, Haeberlin, Roberts, and Sargent: The Making of a Classic
Monograph on American Indian Basketry," Ira Jacknis
"Franz Boas, Morris Jesup, and Northwest Coast Indian Art," Aldona Joanitis
"Alfred C. Haddon: His Legacy to the Study of Pacific Art," Deborah Waite

"Art History and Anthropology: The Intersection of Two Disciplines"
Chair: Joanna Williams and Irene J. Winter
"Primitive Arts in Civilized Places: Artists and Collectors from Different
Worlds," Sally Price
"From Another Perspective: Aspects of Symbolism and Meaning in Buddhist
Art of Eastern India," Janice Leoshko
"Structuring Theocratic 'Reality' through Motif and Language in Bronze Age
China," Diane Nelson
"Death with a Touch of Class: Mortuary Arts and Status in Ancient Panama,"
Peter S. Briggs
"Creators and Creations of Culture: Using Art History and Anthropology in
the Study of African Art," Henry John Drewal
Discussant: Robert Layton

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CONFERENCES/SYMPOSIA: College Art Association Meeting (continued)

"The Ethos of Performance in African Art"
Chair: Jean M. Borgatti
"A Comparison of Cultural Expectations in Northern Kete Masquerade and
Contemporary Performance Art," David A. Binkley
"Yoruba Masquerade Performance: Art in the Fourth Dimension," Margaret
Thompson Drewal
"Efokwe: A Lagoon Age-Grade Festival as Performance Art," Monica Blackmun
"A Relativist View of Performance in African Art," Kristi Slayman Jones
"Postmodern Criticism and Performance Art: Its Application to African and
New World Performance Matrices," Judith Bettleheim
"The Message of Gender in Akan Performance," George Preston
"Days of Palm Wine-Days of Fetish," Rend Bravmann
"The Implications of Form in Performance," Patrick McNaughton
"Performance as a Mode of Artistic Expression," Arnold Rubin

"New Approaches in the Study of Style and Aesthetics in Mesomerican Art"
Chair: Esther Pasztory
"Electicism in the Northern Maya Lowlands," Virginia Miller
"The Work of the 'Cookie Cutter Master' at Yaxchilan," Mary Ellen Miller
"A Way of Determining the Criterion of a Particular School of Art
(Palenque)," Merle Green Robertson
"References to the Past in Aztec Art," Emily Umberger
"Compositional Formats in Chichen Itza Relief Sculpture," Linnea Wren
"Stylistic Differentiation in Codex Style Vase Painting," Marvin Cohodas
"Workshop Styles in Zapotec Tomb Painting," Arthur Miller
"A Problem in Defining the Multiple Sources of Style in the House of the
Governor at Uxmal," Jeff Kowalski
Discussants: Donald Roberson and Flora Clancy

"Art and Social Identity in Reaction to State Control: Peru, A.D. 500-1985"
Chair: Cecelia F. Klein
"Creativity within Constraints: Artistic Freedom in Huari-Tiahuanaco
Textile Production," Rebecca R. Stone
"State-Sanctioned Stone Images of Political Hierarchy from
Huari-Tiahuanaco," Anita G. Cook
"Traditional Dress and Resistance in Contemporary Quechua and Aymara
Peasant Communities," Lee Anne Wilson
"Tradition and Acculturation in Colonial Quechua Costume," Blenda Femenias
"Colonial Reality and Social Ideal: The Paradox of Paradigm in Quechua
Kero Imagery," Tom Cummins
"Guaman Poma de Ayala's Response to Models for Subjugation Encoded in
Colonial Peruvian State Art," Rolena Adorno
Discussion Leader: Alana Cordy-Collins

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The University of Minnesota's American Studies Council Symposium: Male and
Female Artistry in Africa
The University of Minnesota's African Studies Council Symposium on male and
female artistry in Africa will be held April 25 and 26. The speakers are as
April 25:
8:00 9:00 pm
Opening Keynote: Babatunde Lawal
April 26:
9:00 11:00 am "Dress and Domestic Arts"
SKeynote: Herbert M. Cole
"Male and Female Artistry in Kalabari Dress"
Catherine Daly, Tonye Erekosima, and Joanne B. Eicher
"Male and Female Artistry in a Hausa Aluminum Spoon Industry"
Norma Wolff
12:30 2:30 pm "Concepts of Creative Artistry"
Keynote: Paula Ben-Amos
"Male and Female Involvement in the Traditional Arts and Religion of the
Shona People of Zimbabwe"
William Dewey
"Aspects of Creativity and Hausa Calabash Decoration"
Judy Perani
3:00 5:00 pm "Masquerade and Performance"
Keynote: Anita Glaze
"The Unusual Skin-Covered Masks of the Widekum of Cameroon"
Kenneth Campbell
"Gender and Performance among the Yoruba"
Margaret Thompson Drewal
"'Sango Macho' and the Twins: Yoruba Ritual Context in Action from
Nigeria to Chicago"
Marilyn Houlberg

The University of Iowa: "The Artist and the Workshop in Traditional Africa"
The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, in conjunction with The
Graduate College, The College of Education, The Committee on African Studies,
The Center for International and Comparative Studies, and the Iowa Humanities
Board, will sponsor a conference on "The Artist and the Workship in Traditional
Africa" on Saturday, May 11, 1985. Scheduled speakers are Dr. Sidney
Littelfield Kasfir, Dr. Barbara Johnson, Dr. Monica Visona, Professor Barbara
Blackmun, Professor John Pemberton III, and Professor Arnold Rubin. Professor
Roy Sieber, Professor Paula Ben-Amos, Professor Henry Drewal, and Dr. Susan
Vogel will participate in the panel discussion. For additional information
write Karen Hueftle, Program Assistant, The School of Art and Art History, The
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242, or call (319) 353-4550.

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Boston University African Studies Center Visual and Performing Arts Seminar
The schedule for the Boston University African Studies Center's Visual Arts
Seminar is as follows:
January 29
"Igbo Elements in Northern Edo Masquerades"
Jean Borgatti
To be arranged
"Some Aspects of Masking in Bali: A Comparative Perspective"
David Napier
March 5
"Creating Contemporary Ritual: A Voltaic Children's Masquerade"
Priscilla Hinckley
April 2
"Musical Structures and Social Life in Western Zambia"
Ernest Brown
April 30
"Class and Race in the Development of a National Musical Form:
The Steelband in Trinidad and Tobago"
William Aho

For further details, contact Dr. Sidney L. Kasfir at (603) 643-2960.



Secretary/Treasurer, ACASA
Museum of Cultural History
University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90024