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Fall 2018-2019
* ART 473 / AAS 473 / AFS 473 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Kongo Art

Chika O. Okeke-Agulu

Easily recognized as among the most important examples of canonical African art, Kongo sculpture, textiles, and ritual design are famous for their conceptual density, stylistic variety and rigorous abstraction. The course examines the role of art in the life of the Kongo Kingdom and related peoples, from the arrival of Spanish explorers and missionaries in the 15th century, through the era of Belgian colonization from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, to the period since political independence in 1960. The seminar coincides with and will explore the Kongo Across the Waters exhibition at the Princeton University Museum.

Sample reading list:
Cooksey, Poynor and Vanhee, Kongo Across the Waters
Hochschild, Adam, King Leopold's Ghost
Fromont, Cecile, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture
Thompson, Robert Farris, Flash of the Spirit
MacGaffey, Wyatt, The Fetish and the Imagination of Europe: the Kongo Nkisi
Silverman, Deborah, Art of Darkness: African Lineages of Belgian Modernism
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approx. 100-150 pages of reading each week. Class presentation, oral research presentation, and final research paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 45%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

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

Reserved Seats:
Open to Graduate Students Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20954 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm W   McCormick Hall   103   Enrolled:5 Limit:15