1st Edition

Methodology, Ideology and Pedagogy of African Art Primitive to Metamodern

Edited By Moyo Okediji Copyright 2024
    326 Pages 19 Color & 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    326 Pages 19 Color & 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    326 Pages 19 Color & 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume, including contributions from scholars with different areas of specialization, investigates a broad range of methodologies, ideologies and pedagogies focusing on the study of the art of Africa, using theoretical reflections and applications from primitivism to metamodernism.

    Chapters break the externally imposed boundaries of Africa-related works beyond the conventional fragments of traditional, contemporary and diaspora. The contributions are significantly broad in their methodologies, ideologies and pedagogical coverage; yet, they all address various aspects of African artistic creativity, demonstrating the possibilities for analytical experiments that art history presents to scholars of the discipline today. The Ìwà (character) of each approach is unique; nevertheless, each is useful toward a fuller understanding of African art studies as an independent aspect of art historical research that is a branch or bud of the larger family of art history. The volume respects, highlights and celebrates the distinctiveness of each methodical approach, recognizing its contribution to the overall character or Ìwà of African art studies.

    The book will be of interest to students in undergraduate or graduate, intermediate or advanced courses as well as scholars in art history and African studies.

    1. On the Invention of "Traditional" Art

    John Picton

    2. Sensiotics or the Study of the Senses in Material Culture and History in Africa and Beyond

    Henry John Drewal

    3. Dancing Nkhoba: The Flow of Sound and Healthy Bodies in the West Usambara Mountains of Tanzania

    Marguerite E.H. Lenius

    4. African Meanings, Western Words

    Barry Hallen

    5. Chwuechology: Indigenous African Art Education

    Akinyi Wadende

    6. Azande and Mangbetu Artists as Social Critics in the Belgian Congo 1909–1915: What Are the Implications for Contemporary Artists and Museums Today?

    Nancy Pauly

    7. Cloth as Metaphor in Egungun Costumes

    Bolaji Campbell

    8. Conflict and Peace: Gender and Spiritual Dimensions of Eguìnguìn Performance

    Funmi Saliu Imaledo

    9. IÌbaÌ Fuìn Obinrin: Monochromatic Mythography of Yoruba Female Power

    Kehinde Adepegba

    10. Creativity and Identity Construction in Contemporary Yoruba Art

    Michael Olusegun Fajuyigbe

    11. African Art, the Venice Biennale, and the Politics of Visibility

    Janine A. Sytsma

    12. The Spirit of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors: Africa in New Orleans

    Cynthia Becker

    13. Speaking into Being: The Resonance of Empathy in the Work of Elizabeth Catlett

    Melanie Anne Herzog

    14. Sacred Spaces: Antonius Roberts and Public Sanctuaries

    Moyo Okediji

    15. Reflections and Reminiscences Revisited: Indigenous Knowledge Systems, African-Based Worldviews, and Cross-Cultural Diasporic Connections

    Andrea E. Frohne

    16. Akwaaba/Continuum: Manifesto of an African Artist

    Rikki Wemega-Kwawu

    17. Èṣù Ẹlẹgba Agency in the Critical Imagery of African American Artist John Yancey

    Christopher Adejumo

    18. Toward a Sonic African Diasporic Re-Membering

    Jacqueline Cofield


    Moyo Okediji is Professor of African Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.