Spring 2020

Survey of African Art

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-149  |  Black Studies, as BLST-123

Formerly listed as: BLST-46  |  FIAR-49  |  FIAR-68


Rowland O. Abiodun (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 149 and BLST 123 [A]) An introduction to the ancient and traditional arts of Africa. Special attention will be given to the archaeological importance of the rock art paintings found in such disparate areas as the Sahara and South Africa, achievements in the architectural and sculptural art in clay of the early people in the area now called Zimbabwe and the aesthetic qualities of the terracotta and bronze sculptures of the Nok, Igbo-Ukwe, Ife and Benin cultures in West Africa, which date from the second century B.C.E. to the sixteenth century C.E. The study will also pursue a general socio-cultural survey of traditional arts of the major ethnic groups of Africa.

Spring semester. Professor Abiodun.

ARHA 149 - 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
A Short Guide to Writing About Art Harper Collins Sylvan Barnet Amherst Books TBD
A History of Art in Africa Pearson & Prentice Hall Monica Visona, Robin Poynor Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022, Spring 2023