AH 330/530: Medieval Art: Crosscurrents of Pre-Modern Africa
T TH 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM; taught by Dr. Brigitte Salami
This course focuses on the cosmopolitan nature of pre-modern African societies. It emphasizes three crosscurrents: exchange of material culture and ideas between the Highlands of Ethiopia and Byzantium; the trans-Saharan trade that connected West Africa with the Islamic cultures of North Africa and Europe; and the trade along the Swahili Coast of East Africa whose reach extended from Southern Africa to southern Arabia, and indirectly to India and China.
AH 386/586: African and African American Art
MW 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM; taught by Dr. Brigitte Salami
This course investigates African contributions to the cultures of the Americas. Various cultures in Africa (Senegambia, Fon, Yoruba, Efik, and Kongo) provided the foundation for hybrid artistic expressions found in the United States and the Afro-Caribbean world. The concerns expressed in these works over several centuries continue to be addressed by contemporary African American artists.