New Conversations on African Art

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What's new with African art and research surrounding it today?

Find out in a three-part, roundtable series featuring ten scholars working in art history, anthropology, visual art, curation, sociology, and communication.

Dr. Cory Gundlach, curator of African arts will moderate three online events anchored by a central question: “With special attention to ritual and style in historical and/or contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora, how must we comport ourselves to the [conditions] of our research and practice today?”

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: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_06QZwDDbhvz7obQ

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

Speaker biographies and talk summaries.

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