D16. An Introduction to African Art and Architecture

  • 03/25/2020
  • 04/22/2020
  • 5 sessions
  • 03/25/2020, 5:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • 04/01/2020, 5:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • 04/08/2020, 5:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • 04/15/2020, 5:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • 04/22/2020, 5:00 PM 6:30 PM (EDT)
  • AC - Kennedy Building Rm. 119
  • 45



This introductory course spans approximately 80,000 years of art and architecture of the African continent, discussing major objects such as the Blombas Cave and early Rock Art, the pyramid of Djoser, the Great Mosques at Qairoun and Djenne, the Great Zimbabwe, and the rock churches of Lalibela. We will explore major issues linked to the arts of African including Eurocentric interpretations, how works are displayed, provenance, and the impact of globalization.

INSTRUCTORBarbara Beall is Professor Emerita of Art History at Assumption College.  As a Visiting Professor at Clark University, she currently teaches African as well as Islamic Architecture. She completed her doctorate at Brown University and has many publications in the field of art history and understanding the art museum.

NO REQUIRED BOOKS, supplementary materials will be provided by instructor

Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609

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