New Conversations on African Art

  • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM

Online via Zoom

How might we re-think the standards of scholarly and creative practice in and on African art? What rituals do we perform through and around it, and what role does style have as a past, present, and future response to such questions? Join the Stanley Museum of Art's Curator of African Arts, Cory Gundlach, who will moderate three roundtable discussions on this topic with nine scholars working in art history, curation, visual art, anthropology, sociology, and communication studies.
Each event will feature three twenty-minute presentations from panelists who will then join in a roundtable discussion.

Re-thinking the Canon
Saturday, October 2 @ 10:00 a.m.
 -  Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi
 -  Sylvester Ogbechie
 -  Yaëlle Biro

New Directions in Practice and Performance
Thursday, October 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
 -  Nnenna Okore
 -  Allen F. Roberts
 -  Donté K. Hayes

Museum Interventions
Thursday, November 11 @ 7:00 p.m.
 -  Bennetta Jules-Rosette
 -  J.R. Osborn
 -  Peju Layiwola

All symposium conversations are online and free – registration is required:

Major support for the symposium is provided by the Interdisciplinary Project for Advanced Study of Art and Life in Africa (PASALA).

Cost: Free and open to all - registration required


Bana Guili

Dibul kouan (Woman's beaded apron)

, mid 20th Century
Beads, cotton fiber, shells, 6 x 44 x 3/8 in. (15.2 x 111.8 x 1 cm)
Museum of Art African Collection Fund with support from J. Randolph Lewis, M.D. and Linda Lewis, 2003.31

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