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Spring 2015-2016
* ART 261 / AAS 261 / AFS 261 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Art and Politics in Postcolonial Africa

Chika O. Okeke-Agulu

This seminar examines the impact of the IMF's Structural Adjustment Program, military dictatorships, and political crises on artistic production in the 1980s, and the dramatic movement of African artists from the margins of the international art world to its very center since the 1990s. How familiar or different are the works and concerns of African artists? What are the consequences, in Africa and the West, of the international success of a few African artists? And what does the work of these Africans at home and in the West tell us about the sociopolitical conditions of our world today?

Sample reading list:
Moyo, Dambisa, Dead Aid
Mbembe, Achille, Notes on the Postcolony
Deliss, Clementine, ed, Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa
McEvilley, Thomas, The Selfhood of the Other
Enwezor, Okwui, Reframing the Black Subject
Enwezor, Okwui and Okeke-Agulu, Chika, Contemporary African Art Since 1980

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 60-100 pages per week. Class presentation/participation, oral research presentation, midterm and final term paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Other information:
In addition to class trips to NJ-NY art museums and galleries, three internationally celebrated artists will visit the class. For department majors, satisfies Group 3 distribution requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40733 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   McCormick Hall   104   Enrolled:6 Limit:15