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Fall 2016-2017
* ART 260 / AAS 260 / AFS 260 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to African Art

Chika O. Okeke-Agulu

An introduction to African art and architecture from prehistory to the 20th century. Beginning with Paleolithic rock art of northern and southern Africa, we will cover ancient Nubia and Meroe; Neolithic cultures such as Nok, Djenne and Ife; African kingdoms, including Benin, Asante, Bamun, Kongo, Kuba, Great Zimbabwe, and the Zulu; Christian Ethiopia and the Islamic Swahili coast; and other societies, such as the Sherbro, Igbo, and the Maasai. By combining Africa's cultural history and developments in artistic forms we establish a long historical view of the stunning diversity of the continent's indigenous arts and architecture.

Sample reading list:
Gillon, Werner, A Short History of African Art
Garlake, Peter, Early Art and Architecture of Africa
Prussin, Labelle, The Architecture of Islam in West Africa
Adams, Monni, Kuba Embroidered Cloth
Schneider, Elizabeth Ann, Art and Communication: Ndundza Ndebele Wall Decorations...
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
One short paper based on one or several art objects/structures related to course material. 60-100 pages per week.

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 35%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other information:
For department majors, satisfies Group 2 distribution requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20028 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T Th   McCormick Hall   104   Enrolled:9 Limit:30
23201 P01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   McCormick Hall   104   Enrolled:7 Limit:15
24860 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M        Enrolled:2 Limit:12
23202 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled