Journal of the Month: African Arts

…it’s that time, again! What time?

Cover of african arts journal.

Volume 47 of the journal.….it’s that time, again!

Time for the Journal of the Month, brought to you from the vibrant and much esteemed journal display in Connelly Library. (If you haven’t browsed our journal collection, please do! It’s kind of incredible. Back issues of French Vogue y’all.)

This month, we’re highlighting African Arts, a journal published by MIT Press. Created in 1967, African Arts has been an essential voice in the study of African arts and modes of creative expression, spanning continents and creating interdisciplinary connections across history, anthropology, linguistics, politics, religion, cultural and global studies, and, of course, the visual and performing arts. The journal offers its readers peer-reviewed scholarly articles on the art work of the African Diaspora with special issues ranging from “Iconoclash in the Age of Heritage” to “Gender and South African Art,” creating a rich critical discourse in what is often an undertheorized field.

The Winter 2014 issue features articles on Ghanaian Public Memory (“Commemorating an African Queen: Ghanaian Nationalism, the African Diaspora, and the Public Memory of Nana Yaa Asantewaa, 1952-2009.” Asantewaa, queen of the Ashanti empire, led the Ashanti Rebellion against British Colonialism in 1900.), African wall paintings (“This is What Makes Sirigu Unique: Authenticating Canvas and Wall Paintings in International Circuits of Value and Meaning”), and a review of a South African photographer’s exhibition at UCLA, where the photographer used this art to expose the both the brutality of apartheid and the humanity behind the enormity of South Africa’s transition from apartheid.

Flipping through the journal, I discovered not only the work of various artists of the Diaspora, but threads, moments of African memory and history entirely unknown to me. Such is the wonder of library discovery. Stop by the Connelly Library to take a look at this journal and others—I guarantee you’ll learn something new!

scan of page from the magazine; includes photo of wall paintings

NUBUKE Foundation, Accra, Ghana in 2010.

Wax replica of Queen Yaa Asantewaa with rifle at Manhyia Palace Museum, Ghana.

Wax replica of Queen Yaa Asantewaa with rifle at Manhyia Palace Museum, Ghana.

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