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Museum for African Art (New York, N.Y.)

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Works: 68 works in 159 publications in 3 languages and 7,948 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Biography  Juvenile works  Interviews  Catalogs 
Roles: Editor, Other, Publisher
Classifications: N7391.65, 704.0396
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Face of the gods : art and altars of Africa and the African Americas by Robert Farris Thompson( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thompson examines the altar traditions in cultures from the Atlantic coast region of Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the United States
Baule : African art, western eyes by Susan Mullin Vogel( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Susan Vogel focuses on the creation and uses of Baule works of art apart from their definition as "art" in Western eyes. She establishes a means for understanding Baule expressive culture from the perspective of Baule individuals and often in their own words. In an extensive discussion of Baule experiences of art objects, she finds different kinds of looking and seeing - art that is watched (mask dances and entertainment performances); art that is seen without looking (works too sacred or awesome to be scrutinized); art that is glimpsed (sculptures made for personal shrines and kept in private rooms); and art that is visible to all (elaborately decorated objects that fulfill the desire for beauty and for open display of talents)
Secrecy : African art that conceals and reveals by Mary Nooter Roberts( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hair in African art and culture by Niangi Batulukisi( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The exhibition, Hair in African Art and Culture, and this book serve to introduce a mode of African art too little and too infrequently recognized or appreciated. Field photographs and sculptures sample the rich variety of hair arrangements that exist or have existed in traditional African life and art. Despite the many references to the abstract character of African masks and figures it is clear that two areas of the real world were accurately, indeed realistically, depicted: scarification and coiffures." "Essays and notes address a number of aspects of African and African-American hair and collectively hint at the variety, complex meanings and history of hair styles. Some of the essays are personal, some present the nature of coiffures in the cycle of life: from birth to death, from celebration to mourning." "In traditional and modern Africa, and the African-American diaspora, hair styles establish a personal identity that reflects both fashion and aesthetic choice."--Jacket
Animals in African art : from the familiar to the marvelous by Allen F Roberts( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Animal images are so common in African art, and their meanings and purposes assumed to be so obvious, that they are taken for granted. Indeed, Animals in African Art is the first major book wholly dedicated to the subject. Once the animals in African art are looked at more closely, important questions arise. Why is it that from the astounding diversity of life-forms in Africa, so very few animals are chosen as subjects of visual and performative arts? Why are the animals that do appear repeatedly in African art so often so downright peculiar - even preposterous? And why do zoomorphic masks, figures, and other objects almost always refer to human being and purpose? In other words, why and how are animals such a useful, if purposefully distorting mirror of humanity? What does it mean to "become" a hyena or an eland by donning a mask or entering a trance? Indeed, what does it mean to be "human" or "animal," in the first place? Answers to such questions are by no means as readily forthcoming as one might assume. To understand why and how some animals are so "good to think" (as well as good to eat) requires wending one's way along the sinuous paths of African logics. Emphasis is placed on the plural of this last word, for African systems of thought differ from one ethnic group to another, and often within each culture, from one interpreter to another. Different sense is also attributed to a given animal symbol by the same people through the course of time. There is certainly no easy explanation of why animals like snakes and penguins appear over and over again in the art of many peoples across the African continent, while others like rhinos, zebras, and giraffes rarely if ever do. Animals in African Art is a celebration of African cultural diversity, then, as well as the brilliance with which ideas are given form through plastic and performative arts
Grass roots : African origins of an American art by Dale Rosengarten( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art accompanies an exhibition of the same name produced by the Museum for African Art in New-York. The Museum is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of African art and culture and is recognized worldwide as the foremost organizer of exhibitions and publisher of books devoted to historical and contemporary African art. Since its founding in 1984, the Museum has produced over fifty acclaimed exhibitions and catalogues examining Africa's rich artistic and cultural heritage."--Jacket
Fusion : West African artists at the Venice Biennale by Thomas McEvilley( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om den vestafrikanske kunstner Mor Faye og fire interviews med de vestafrikanske kunstnere Moustapha Dimé, Tamesir Dia, Ouattara og Gerard Santoni
Memory : Luba art and the making of history by Mary Nooter Roberts( Book )

5 editions published between 1966 and 1996 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memory and history are always in tension, as people selectively choose memories to make histories that "prove" the legitimacy of their claims to power, prestige, and prerogative. If many African groups have created visual arts to assist in this process, Luba peoples of southeastern Zaire have done so brilliantly, with a stunning array of mnemonic devices ranging from memory boards to beaded emblems, wooden figures to body arts, ornamented staffs and axes to divination devices. The sculpted narratives of these objects and art forms are esoteric, and must be "read" by "men of memory" who have learned their precious skills through initiation to the Mbudye Society. Luba kings, royal titleholders, and outlying chiefs turn to them to interpret the mapped details of origin myths, protocol and prohibitions of the royal court, and other deeply encoded information. The Luba kingdoms are among the most important in central Africa, whose refined royal arts have influenced people hundreds of miles beyond their own Heartland. Luba have an ancient heritage as well, that archaeologists trace back over one thousand years. Although Luba arts are well known for their astounding beauty, Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History is the first study of their intellectual complexity, aesthetic impact, and social contexts
Looking both ways : art of the contemporary African diaspora by Laurie Ann Farrell( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art of the Baga : a drama of cultural reinvention by Frederick Lamp( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art of the Baga: A Drama of Cultural Reinvention traces the art and cultural history of these very special African people from their legendary flight from the mystical highlands of the interior of Guinea to the coast, in their attempt to conserve their own religious ritual, to the eventual destruction of their traditions at mid century with the conversion to Islam and, with independence from France, the establishment of the Republic of Guinea under an iconoclastic Marxist regime. In the book, the Baga voice is heard prominently in the direct testimony of three Baga writers and forty Baga consultants of all ages and background experience, from ten-year-old boys to elders and ritual leaders of over 100 years of age. Artistic creation and reinvention form the core of issues raised throughout the art historical drama
Home and the world : architectural sculpture by two contemporary African artists : Aboudramane and Bodys Isek Kingelez by Aboudramane( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dynasty and divinity : Ife art in ancient Nigeria by Henry John Drewal( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book the author explores the significance of Ife's stone, terra-cotta, and metal sculptures in the context of Yoruba history and culture. Drewal explores the purposes for which this art may have been made and its relationship to Yoruba ideas about leadership, divinity, gender, aesthetics.--Publisher
Art that heals : the image as medicine in Ethiopia by Jacques Mercier( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and German and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exhibition catalog, Paper not available, Published for Museum for African Art, New York
El Anatsui : when I last wrote to you about Africa by El Anatsui( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents the world premiere of 'El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa', a career retrospective of Ghanaian visual artist El Anatsui. Presented by the Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the ROM, this exhibition is the artist's first solo show in Canada. Featuring 63 works in various media drawn from public and private collections internationally, 'El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa' will be on display in the Roloff Beny Gallery on Level 4 of the ROM's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal from October 2, 2010 to January 2, 2011. This retrospective has been organized by the Museum for African Art (MfAA), in New York, and will be one of the inaugural exhibitions in the MfAA's new building, which opens in April 2011. Drawing on Ghanaian and Nigerian cultural references as well as global, local and personal histories, El Anatsui's body of work comprises large shimmering metallic tapestries, for which he is best known, as well as paintings and sculptures in wood, ceramic and metal
Western artists/African art by Jack D Flam( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ibrahim El-Salahi : a visionary modernist by Ibrahim El Salahi( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The necropolis of Shah-e Zende at Samarkand represents a summit in the art of ceramic wall coverings in the Islamic world. Few studies have focused on the funerary ensemble of the Shah-e Zende and this is the first to describe these monuments in all the details of their decoration and its techniques and motifs, as well as the different types of ceramics used and their composition. Perched on a steep cliff overlooking the ancient city of Samarkand, today the ghost town of Afrasiyab, the necropolis remains largely unknown to art historians and certainly to the general public. In the vast territory of Islam, the Shah-e Zende complex reveals the finest hour of facade-tile ceramics. Nowhere else was such a wide array of techniques of fabrication developed in the space of one century. In the heart of one of these mausolea is a jewel of Islamix ceramics: the cenotaph of the venerated Qutham Ibn Abbas. 0Exhibition: Travelling exhibition, spring 2012 - winter 2014
African art portfolio : an illustrated introduction : masterpieces from the eleventh to the twentieth centuries by N.Y.) Museum for African Art (New York( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where gods and mortals meet : continuity and renewal in Urhobo art by Wilson Perkins Foss( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Material differences : art and identity in Africa( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bamana : the art of existence in Mali by Jean-Paul Colleyn( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kunsthistorische en antropologische studie van de Bamana, bewoners van een groot gedeelte van Zuid-Mali
 
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Face of the gods : art and altars of Africa and the African Americas
Alternative Names

controlled identityCenter for African Art (New York, N.Y.)

Museum for African Art, New York.

Museum of African Art.

Museum of African Art (New York, N.Y.)

アフリカン・アート美術館

Languages
English (102)

French (2)

German (1)

Covers
Baule : African art, western eyesSecrecy : African art that conceals and revealsHair in African art and cultureAnimals in African art : from the familiar to the marvelousGrass roots : African origins of an American artFusion : West African artists at the Venice BiennaleMemory : Luba art and the making of historyLooking both ways : art of the contemporary African diaspora