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 A Personal Journey: Central African Art from the Lawrence Gussman Collection
"These 75 highlights from the Gussman collection probably date from the late 19th to early 20th century and come from more than 30 different African cultures that span the present-day nations of Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, and Zambia." An exhibit at the Smithsonian's Museum of African Art.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Africa: The Art of a Continent
This web site is a companion to an exhibition held at the Guggenheim Museum in 1996. "While the primary emphasis in the selection has been aesthetic, the installation presents the works of art in a geographical and historical context and offers descriptions of their cultural uses and symbolic meanings insofar as these are known to scholars."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning
Web catalog for an exhibition held at the Baily Art Museum, University of Virginia in 1993. This site was an early demonstartion of the use of the web for publishing exhibition catalogs.
[posted: Mar 03, 2004]
 African Blades: selected metalwork from the Hofstra Museum collection
Over 50 knives, swords, axes and spears from various African countries ar epresented in this exhibition, along with two essays, concerning the viewing of weapons as art objects, from its curator.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 African Connections: Perspectives on Collecting Culture
This exhibit presents some of the gifts of artifacts given by donors to the Michigan State University Museumís collection of African art. Along with the pieces and information about these, there are "statements prepared by each of the major donors/collectors that provide insights into the meaning of some of the objects as well as how and why they were collected."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 African Pottery Forming
A slide show presentation explains the pottery forming techniques used in Africa, illustrating the entire process from the preparation of the clay to the firing of the completed pots. Web site by Prof. Christopher Roy, with a text on the chemistry of ceramics explaining why African potters choose to fire at low temperature. [note: the videos seem to be missing from the site, but are available for purchase on DVD]
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 African Voices
An exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. African Voices "examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africaís peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment". This companion web site is a very rich multimedia presentation. In the area of arts you will find Paa Joe, a Ghanaian coffin maker, Lamidi Fakeye, a Yoruba scupltor, Kenyan carver Ali Helewa, Malian sculptor Siriman Fane, Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali among others. Of special note is the Discovering Mudcloth section.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 African Voices
Drawn from the African Voices exhibit at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian's web site also has a beautiful online presentation of this exhibit that requires flash. This web site on the other hand may be more accessible, and also contains some additional materials. [navigation hint: not all pages are accessible from the home page's menu or the site map, you need to use the "tour next" button]
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Akan Cultural Symbols Project
"This project is designed as an educational resource to show the relationships between Akan visual arts and Akan verbal genres." The web site has sections covering various arts of Ghana: architecture, metal casting, textiles, wood carving and pottery. The site's authors have also produced a book Cloth as Metaphor which can be ordered from the site.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Art and Oracle: A Scholarly Resource of African Art and Rituals of Divination
"The 'Art and Oracle' exhibition presents African artifacts created to communicate with ancestors, spirits, and gods in order to obtain insight into human quandaries." This site is a companion to the exhibit held at the Met Museum in 2000, it includes 50 works from the exhibit, with extensive descriptions, 4 essays, maps of the peoples of Africa, a glossary and bibliography.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
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