African Visual Cultures: Akan/Kongo/Yoruba
2353 Mason Hall
TuTh 2:30-4:00pm
3 Credit Lecture

An introduction to the history of African and African Diaspora art and visual culture through a close study of the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. Yoruba culture has been a compelling force not only in West Africa, but also throughout the Western Atlantic: in Cuba, Brazil, Trinidad, Haiti, the U.S., and many other locales. Looking at and engaging with objects, listening to music, watching films, interacting with knowledgeable Yoruba people, and of course reading a diversity of literature, we will try to understand the breadth, the power, and the excellence of this remarkable African culture. Such a focus will also allow us to trace the broader historical path of African cultural studies. B. 3, 4