Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa
- Module Code:
- Year of study:
- Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
- Taught in:
- Term 2
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module a student will be able:
- To have gained knowledge and understanding of the themes, issues and debates of African and diasporic art traditions relating to the trajectories of their development within and outside Africa and to understanding the ways in which they are constituted in their local, regional and inter-continental circumstances through in depth examples of particular art traditions within and outside Africa.
- To able to identify and compare different approaches to understanding art traditions within and outside Africa.
- To be able to assess critically the materials and themes explored in the course through the use of particular examples from within and outside Africa.
- To have been introduced to the range of skills used in art history and developed independent study and research skills.
- To enable an appreciation of the variety of cultural values and their implications for equality issues such as class, "race", gender, sexual orientation, age and disability.
- One hour Lecture, one hour Seminar
Method of assessment
- One 750 words book review (worth 20%)
- One 3 000 words essay (worth 40%)
- One two hour exam (worth 40%)
- Okoye, S., 1996, Tribe and Art History, Art Bulletin, 4, 610-15
- Gell A, 1998: Art and Agency: an anthropological theory
- Woets, R., 2011, What is This? Framing Ghanaian Art from the Colonial Encounter to the Present, Vrije Universiteit: Wohrmann
- The EY Exhibition, 2017, Wilfredo Lam, Tate
- Elliot D et al, 1990: Art From South Africa Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
- Hassan, S., 2012, Rethinking Cosmopolitanism: Is Afropolitan the Answer?, Reflections, 5, 3-32
- Pfeiffer, J., and Cameron E., Portraiture and Photography in Africa
- Fabian, J., 1996, Remembering the Present: Painting and Popular History in Zaire, University of California Press
- Enwenzor, O., and Okeke-Agulu, C., 2009, Contemporary African Art since 1980