Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures

Dr. Alisa LaGamma addresses art and traditions of West and Central Africa.

When: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free - $10

Age limit: All ages

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Lecture by Dr. Alisa LaGamma, Curator, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

This lecture considers the sub-Saharan sculptural traditions inspired by eminent individuals that were highlighted in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s critically-acclaimed exhibition of African art in 2011. Focusing on eight artistic centers in West and Central Africa from the 13th to the early 20th centuries, the works considered provide a wide-ranging examination of the rich diversity of Africa’s greatest artistic achievements.

Dr. Alisa LaGamma has undertaken research in Gabon, Mali, South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Botswana, and has taught in the art history departments of Rutgers, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. As curator of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Met, she has organized many special exhibitions and authored their accompanying books, including not only the book and exhibition featured in her talk at SBMA, but also The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End (2008), Eternal Ancestors: the Art of the Central African Reliquary (2007), Echoing Images: Couples in African Sculpture (2004), Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture (2002), Art and Oracle: Spirit Voices of Africa (2000), and Master Hands: Individuality and Creativity among Yoruba Sculptors (1997).

After the lecture Dr. LaGamma will sign copies of her prize-winning book, Heroic African: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures.

Phone: 805-963-4364

Event posted Feb. 15, 2013
Last updated Feb. 16, 2013


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