Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies

African Art (sub-Saharan)
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2011

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Bares, Eva, “Finding Place: Diaspora Experiences in Contemporary African Women’s Art” (Stony Brook University, B. Frank)

Baskin, Jill, “Picturing Freedom’s Shores: The Visual Culture of African Americans in Liberia, 1821–1865” (Virginia, L. Nelson)

Becker, Natasha, “Local vs. Global: The Johannesburg Biennales and the Production of Contemporary Art in a Post-Apartheid South Africa” (Binghamton University, T. McDonough)

Cohen, Joshua, “Masks and the Modern: African/European Encounters in 20th-Century Art” (Columbia, Z. Strother)

Davis, Paul, “A Social History of Painting in Bamako, Mali, 1930s–1980s” (Indiana, P. McNaughton)

Dumouchelle, Kevin, “Traditions of Modernity in an African City: Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Kumasi” (Columbia, S. Vogel)

Fenton, Jordan, “Take It to the Streets: Performing Ekpe/Mgbe Power, Knowledge, and Space in Calabar, Nigeria” (Florida, R. Poynor)

Gerschultz, Jessica, “Weaving the National Identity: The Tapestries of Safia Farhat, 1967–1978” (Emory, S. Kasfir)

Hellman, Amanda, “Kings and Collectors: Shaping Museums in Colonial Nigeria and Cameroon” (Emory, S. Kasfir)

Hill, Genevieve, “Faso Dan Fani: Marka Textiles from Burkina Faso” (Indiana, P. McNaughton)

Howard, Brianne, “Cross-Cultural Negotiations: Three Collections of African Visual and Material Culture in Canadian Cultural Institutions” (Queen’s, Kingston, L. Jessup)

Johnson, Kitty, “Aesthetics in Action: Matatu Design in Nairobi” (Indiana, P. McNaughton)

Jones, Erica P., “The Multiple Lives of Objects: Museums, Heritage, and Modernity in the Cameroon Grassfields” (UCLA, S. Nelson)

Kart, Susan, “Moustapha Dimé and the Strategy of Récupération in Postcolonial Senegalese Sculpture” (Columbia, E. Hutchinson, B. Lawal)

Larsen, Lynne A. E., “The Royal Palace of Dahomey: Symbol of a Transforming Nation” (Iowa, C. Roy)

Lortie, Marie, “Afrique en Créations: French Patronage of Contemporary Art from Africa and the Diaspora, 1990–2011” (Toronto, E. Harney)

Majeed, Risham, “Alternating Alterities: Exhibiting Medieval and African Art at the Trocadéro, 1878–1937” (Columbia, S. Murray, S. Vogel)

Martinez, Eugenia, “Arabic Script as Active Agent in Senegalese Visual Culture” (Florida, V. Rovine)

Muhammad, Baqie, “Contemporary East African Visual Artists and the Diaspora: The Sudanese and Ethiopians National and Transnational Art Discourse in the United States” (Indiana, P. McNaughton)

Nzewi, Ugochukwu-Smooth, “Dak’Art Biennial in the Making of Contemporary African Art, 1992–Present” (Emory, S. Kasfir)

Paoletti, Giulia, “La Connaisance du Réel: Fifty Years of Photography in Senegal (1940–90)” (Columbia, Z. Strother)

Rogers, Amanda, “The Art of Religious Authority: Women’s Henna Adornment and Moroccan Islam(s)” (Emory, S. Kasfir)

Ross, Emma, “Aesthetic Experience and Expression: Representation of Dan Women in the Cote d’Ivoire” (Yale, R. Thompson)

Ryan, MacKenzie Moon, “The Global Reach of a Fashionable Commodity: A Manufacturing and Design History of Kanga Textiles” (Florida, V. Rovine)

Schwartzott, Amy, “Weapons and Refuse as Media: The Potent Politics of Mozambican Contemporary Urban Arts” (Florida, V. Rovine)

Snoddy, Danielle M., “Charting the Emergence of Identity Narratives in Post-Apartheid South African Art: Protectionist Sensibilities, Internationalization, and the Johannesburg Biennales” (Iowa, C. Roy)

Sytsma, Janine, “Departures: A Critical Study of the Ona Group and Onaism” (Wisconsin, Madison, H. Drewal)

Teriba, Adedoyin, “An Afro-Brazilian Colonization: Memory, Aesthetics, and Identity in Modern Architecture in the Bight of Benin and Its Hinterland (1880–1960)” (Princeton, E. da Costa Meyer)

Wysocki, Kathryn, “Images for the King: The Bronze Plaques of the Benin Court in Their Architectural Context” (IFA/NYU, J. Hay, S. Vogel)