Section Information for Fall 2022
This course surveys art from the African continent, focusing its attention on the ways that artists, artworks, and artmaking played a role in the day-to-day lives of Africans across time. From Stone Age cave paintings to contemporary performance art, this course will stretch across 10,000+ years of human history and will span the length of the world’s second largest continent. We will proceed historically in order to identify and examine the defining artistic traits of each individual age and will pay close attention to the interactions between various cultures, states, societies, and people. Of course, there is no one ‘African’ style; the art of Africa, like the art of any place, is dynamic, ever changing and situation specific. Thus, our method of approach will be via case studies; each week we will examine the art of a different state, society, or culture. This introduction to the academic study of art in Africa is meant to inspire a continued interest and investment in African affairs by introducing students to the ways that politics, economics, religion, and individual self-fashioning are inextricably linked to artmaking and creative expression. Prof. Kevin Tervala
ARTH 206 DL1 is a distance education section that meets asynchronously.