Spring 2023

Survey of African Art

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


Rowland O. Abiodun (Section 01)
Henry J. Drewal (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.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, visual analysis and museum visits.

ARHA 149 - LEC

Section 01
M 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM FAYE 117
W 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM FAYE 117

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
A Short Guide to Writing About Art Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011 Barnet, Sylvan Amherst Books TBD
A History of Art in Africa Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008 Visona, Monica, Robin Poynor and Herbert Cole Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022, Spring 2023