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ARTD 3138/7138: Journey to Wakanda: African Art and Popular Culture: Unit 3

Special Topics in Art History, Graduate Seminar (R6)

Weeks 9-14

November 5, Week 11 – Mining Tribe and River Tribe Elders

November 12, Week 12 – M’Baku (Jabari Tribe) and Merchant Tribe Elder.

November 19, Week 13 – Beyoncé, Black is King

December 3, Week 14 – Black Panther and Black is King – Final Thoughts

Week 9 – T’Chaka and Ramonda

October 25, Week 9T’Chaka and Ramonda 

  • Ramonda’s Crown - Arnoldi and Kreamer, “Introduction” and “Zulu Woman’s Hat” in Crowning Achievements, pp. 9 – 25, 40 – 41. 
  • Ramonda’s earrings - Schildkrout “Les Parisiens d’Afrique: Mangbetu Women as Works of Art” in Black Womanhood, pp. 71 – 93. 
  • T’Chaka’s Black Panther costume (kente) - Ross “Asante: Kingdom of Cloth” and “A Beautiful Cloth Does Not Wear Itself” from Wrapped in Pride, pp.31 – 57. 
  • T’Chaka’s adinkra wrapper (dream sequence) – Boateng “Selections from Introduction” in “The Copyright Thing Doesn’t Work Here,” pp. 22 – 33.  

Week 10: Okoye and W’Kab

November 1, Week 10Okoye and W’Kabi 

  • Female Warriors - Bay, Edna “The Military in the Late Eighteenth Century” in Wives of the Leopard, pp. 129 – 142.
  • Neckbands and Armbands – Powell “Beads and Adornment” in Ndebele: A People & Their Art,” pp. 108 – 135. 
  • Head painting - Willis “Uli Painting and the Igbo World View,” pp. 62 – 67, 104.
  • Blankets - Khau, Mathabo, “Gender and the Politics of the Basotho Blanket,” pp. 95 – 111. 
  • Blankets - Bosko, Dan “Why Basotho Wear Blankets,” pp. 23 – 32. 
  • Facial Scarification - Vogel, Susan “Baule Scarification: The Mark of Civilization” in Marks of Civilization, pp. 97 – 106.

FINAL PAPER – ROUGH DRAFT DUE (with bibliography)

Week 11: Mining Tribe and River Tribe Elders

November 5, Week 11 – Mining Tribe and River Tribe Elders

  • Mining Tribe Elder, Headdress - Bollig and Heinemann “Nomadic Savages, Ochre People and Heroic Herders: Visual Presentation of the Himba of Namibia’s Kaokoland”
  • Mining Tribe Elder, wax print ensemble – “Introducing African-print Fashion,” in African Print Fashion Now, pp. 23, 27,32-49, 274-277.
  • Mining Tribe Elder, Amber beads – Simka “Amber” in African Beads, pp. 53 – 59.
  • River Tribe Elder, beaded adornment – Drewal “Beads, Body and Soul,” pp. 16 – 27, 54- 55.
  • River Tribe Elder, Suit - Gondola “La Sape – Exposed!” in Contemporary African Fashion, pp. 157 – 173.
  • River Tribe Elder, Lip Plate - Turton “Lip-plates and ‘the people who take photographs’: Uneasy Encounters between Mursi and Tourists in Southern Ethiopia,” pp. 3 – 8.

FINAL REFLECTION PODCAST – DRAFT SCRIPT DUE (with bibliography)

Week 12: M’Baku (Jabari Tribe) and Merchant Tribe Elder

November 15, Week 12M’Baku (Jabari Tribe) and Merchant Tribe Elder 

  • Jabari Tribe, Fighting Sticks - Carton and Morrell “Zulu Masculinities, Warrior Culture and Stick Fighting: Reassessing Male Violence and Virtue in South Africa,” pp. 31 – 53. 
  • Merchant Tribe Elder, Headwrap – Stylianou, Nicola “Designing for a New Nigeria: Hayes Textiles Limited and the British Banufacture of Gele in the Postcolonial Period,” in Design Objects and the Museum, pp. 41 – 50. 
  • Merchant Tribe Elder, Robes and Adornments – Loughran Tuareg Women and Their Jewelry, in “The Art of Being Tuareg,” pp. 167 – 193.

November 22, NO CLASS – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Week 13-15

November 29, Week 13Black Panther, the Comic Book and Film

  • Selections from original and rebooted comic
  • Watch the film in class

 

December 6, Week 14Black Panther – Final Thoughts

FINAL PAPER DUE (no final exam)