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Citing major examples of African art and architecture, this course explores current issues of interpretation, preservation and the crisis of ownership linked to controversial provenance - who owns the art and who should own the art? Included in the discussion: Blombos Cave, Hatshepsut - from Queen to Pharaoh; the Great Mosques of Kairouan, Tunisia (and the Blue Qur’an) and Djenne, Mali; The Geniza Ben Ezra Synagogue Documents; rock churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia; the Great Zimbabwe; Benin City of 1897 and Decolonizing Western Museums: ‘temples’ of art or ‘conspirators’ of colonialism?
INSTRUCTOR: Barbara Beall completed her PhD at Brown University. A Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Dept. of Art, Music & Theater at Assumption University, President Emerita of the Worcester Chapter of the AIA - Archaeological Institute of America, she is currently a Visiting Professor at Clark University teaching African and Islamic art and architecture.
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Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609