Story: Nov 18, 2014
New film studies prof helps students appreciate film as art ...
CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014
Fall 2014 Exhibitions
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Students capture two of the top prizes in museum's surreal d...
Events: Nov 21, 2014
Lunch On Fridays: Michael Polk + Amber Esner
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Join us tomorrow, Nov. 21, 6-9pm, at Art Spot for some great art and a chance to support Cleveland Institute of Art students! Works of art by CIA faculty, stude...
Story: Nov 04, 2014
New CIA building taking shape; set for December completion
CIA Exhibition: Nov 21, 2014 @ The Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights, OH
100 Show and Sale 2014
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New Uptown Residence Hall featured in CIA video
An Introduction to African Art
This art history course provides an introduction to the visual art traditions of sub-Saharan Africa from ancient cultures to the present. Lectures and readings are drawn from art historical scholarship as well as from other disciplines (anthropology, archaeology, visual culture studies) that provide a sense of the social, political and religious contexts within which the art was created and used. The study of African art from a Western perspective presents questions that are covered in class: When and under what circumstances did “Africa” as a concept emerge? Did Africans consider their works “art” in the same sense that Westerners use that term? How did Western museums acquire African art and how does that inform the way we understand African works? In what ways did colonialism, the spread of Islam and Christianity, pan- Africanism and post-colonial movements affect artistic production? How do we understand modernism in an African context? Fulfills non-Western or cross-cultural art history requirement. Visual Culture Emphasis course.
Professor of Comparative Literature
The University of Lagos, Nigeria, 1974 - 1990, Senior Lecturer The Ohio State University, College of Humaniti...more
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