Case Studies in African Art: Exploring Concepts in Senufo Art

  • St. Louis Art Museum 1 Fine Arts Dr St Louis, MO, 63110 United States

Case Studies in African Art
Saturdays, September 12, 26, October 10, 24 (occurs bi-weekly) | 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Fee: $50 | Limited to 20 Participants | Participants should email the Pulitzer Arts Foundation at programs@pulitzerarts.org to register

This multi-week class draws on current exhibitions of African art in St. Louis, Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa at the Saint Louis Art Museum (June 28–September 27, 2015) and Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art at Pulitzer Arts Foundation (October 16, 2015–March 19, 2016). Participants will learn how to look at African art through multiple lenses including visual, art historical, cultural, and technological. Classes will take place at both the Saint Louis Art Museum and Pulitzer Arts Foundation and will be taught by exhibition curators and guest scholars.

Through an accumulative curriculum, participants will learn about African art aesthetics; explore specific concepts and questions surrounding Senufo objects and Kota reliquary figures; and be introduced to groundbreaking tools in data research and technology that are helping scholars of African art develop new theories about these objects. Curatorial tours of each exhibition are included, and participants will get a behind-the-scenes preview of the Kota exhibition before it opens to the public. 

Saturday, September 12: Exploring Concepts in Senufo Art
Nichole Bridges, Saint Louis Art Museum Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Class meets at Saint Louis Art Museum, Main Building Information Desk.

This first class includes a tour of the exhibition Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa and explores concepts such as patronage, divination, Modernist intersections, and constructed identities through arts labeled Senufo.