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African Art Through the Centuries

4-Session Evening Course

Wednesday, March 27 to April 17, 2019 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Code: 1H0417
Face mask by a Chokwe artist, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, early 20th century (National Museum of African Art)

From the vibrant paintings found in Stone Age caves to the abstract sculptures produced during the continent’s colonial period, the arts of Africa have been shaped by unique creative insight as well as by specific political, social, religious, and economic forces. Art historian Kevin Tervala explores these vibrant artistic expressions through an examination of the continent’s historical trajectory.

Mar. 27   Ancient Africa (Prehistory to 1000)

From cave paintings to the pyramids: How artistic creativity evolved in the cradle of humanity.

Apr. 3   Medieval Africa (1000–1500)

An examination of the art produced during the continent’s Age of Empires and the role of Islam in shaping African creative thought.

Apr. 10  Early Modern Africa (1500–1900)

How artists responded to the Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trade and how the increasing ties between Africa and Europe shaped artistic patronage.

Apr. 17  Modern and Contemporary Africa (1900­–Present)

How European colonialism, independence-era politics, and economic globalization transformed the content and form of African art.

Tervala is an associate curator of African art at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

World Art History Certificate core course: Earn 1 credit

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)