Fall 2012

African Art and the Diaspora

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-270  |  Black Studies, as BLST-293

Formerly listed as: ARAH-70  |  BLST-45


Rowland O. Abiodun (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 270 and BLST 293 [D].) The course of study will examine those African cultures and their arts that have survived and shaped the aesthetic, philosophic and religious patterns of African descendants in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti and urban centers in North America. We shall explore the modes of transmission of African artistry to the West and examine the significance of the preservation and transformation of artistic forms from the period of slavery to our own day. Through the use of films, slides and objects, we shall explore the depth and diversity of this vital artistic heritage of Afro-Americans.

Fall semester. Professor Abiodun.

ARHA 270 - L/D

Section 01
M 08:30 AM - 09:50 AM FAYE 217
W 08:30 AM - 09:50 AM FAYE 217

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy Vintage 1st Vintage Books edition 1984 Robert F. Thompson Amherst Books TBD
Face of the Gods: Art and Altars of Africa and the African Americas Prestel 1993 Robert F. Thompson Amherst Books TBD
Santaria: African Spirits in America Beacon Press 1993 J. M. Murphy Amherst Books TBD
Guinea's Other Suns: The African Dynamic in Trinidad Culture Majority Press 1991 Maureen Warner Lewis Amherst Books TBD
A Short Guide to Writing about Art Prentice Hall, 10th edition, 2010 Sylvan Barnet Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022