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 Yoruba and Akan Art in Wood and Metal
This is an on-line catalog of an exhibit presented in 1994 at the Lakeview Museum in Illinois. One of the earliest web exhibits, it's still online. Essays on Yoruba art in wood and metal, and on Akan goldweights.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity
"Wrapped in Pride explores the history of traditional Ghanaian weaving and its impact on cultures beyond Africa's shores". Describes the Kente weavings of the Asante as well as the Ewe people, has helpful audio clips for pronunciation of Ghanaian words, information on how Kente is made, when it is worn, and a cute guide showing how to wear it.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 William Itter collection of African Pottery
An impressive collection of pottery from a long list of peoples from all over Africa. Nupe, Yoruba, Hausa, Mambila, Mangbetu, Bamileke, Lobi, Dagari, Bamana, Dogon, Makonde, Zulu, and more...
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 The Artist's Eye; the Diviner's Insight -- the Maurer Collection
"When Barry Maurer, a lawyer and book collector, became interested in collecting African art, he decided to focus upon ritual artifacts used in rites of divination in Central and West Africa. Within a few years he assembled a remarkable collection that is unique in its focus and cultural breadth." With extensive text by Prof. John Pemberton examining divination and ritual artifacts.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 The Art of the African Mask
An exhibition of masks from the collection of African art in the Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia. The web site, created in 1996 (probably one of the earliest on the web) divides the masks into these categories: Faces of Spirits, Images of Ancestors, Portraits of Rulers, and Icons of Power.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Spirits in Steel: The art of the Kalabari Masquerade
"The Kalabari people of southeastern Nigeria, like other West African coastal peoples, see swamps and creeks as the home of spiritual beings that may form all kinds of relationships with humans. Through masquerades, spirits periodically interact with the wider human world. In a seventeen-year cycle of 'plays,' the Kalabari invite water spirits to take possession of performers and dance in the town." In this exhibition, Kalabari sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp juxtaposes masks from museum collections with her own recreations of the masquerade.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Social Fabric: exploring the Kate Peck Kent collection of West African textiles
This exhibit highlights the West African textiles in the collection of the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology, which were donated by a former DU anthropology professor, Kate Peck Kent. Textiles in the exhibit are Adinkra, Kente and Adire. The online exhibit, created by a graduate student, also includes text explaining the cultural significance of cloths, and cloth-making techniques.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Passport to Paradise: Sufi Arts of Senegal and Beyond
"Passport to Paradise is an exhibition program concerning arts of the Mourides, a mystical Muslim movement originating in Senegal, West Africa." The exhibit was organized by the Fowler Museum of Cultural History. Includes artist biographies and educational materials.
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Other Africas: Images of Nigerian Modernity
This is a digital record of an exhibit held in 2002 at the University Museum of Southern Illinois University. "The objective of this exhibit is to offer images of Other Africas, perspectives that lead us away from the desolate and romanticized Africa of the Western imagination toward those places where African modernities are emerging." Two anthropologists take a look at modern-day Nigeria, among the areas of visual expression they focus on are the art in popular posters, on printed fabrics, and in the electronic media (with video clips from Nigerian movies on the site).
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
 Núcleo de Arte: Arms into Art
"During the past few years, the artists' collective Nucleo de Arte (in Maputo, Mozambique) got involved in an extraordinary project. In workshops, members made works of art out of AK 47 machine guns, landmines and hand weapons... The works of art were exhibited in the country itself. In the virtual exhibition, you will find a selection of 29 sculptures made by 14 artists during a Núcleo de Arte workshop in 1998."
[posted: Mar 04, 2004]
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