African Objects in the Making of European Art History
October 19 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute presents The Fetish A(r)t Work: African Objects in the Making of European Art History 1500–1900, a two-day Clark Conference held October 19 and 20.
This conference brings together scholars across the humanities who examine the making and “invention” of African art in European discourse. Convened by scholar and former Clark Professor Anne Lafont (The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences [EHESS], Paris), this conference delves into diverse writings on African objects and interrogates various orientations which transformed these objects, from ritual artifacts and fetishes to works that circulated on the art market and were held in private collections and public museums.
The discussion encompasses global art history, natural history, travel literature, ships’ inventories, African geography, comparative religion texts, sales and private collection catalogs, and technical treatises.
The talks are free and will be held in person in the auditorium in the Clark’s Manton Research Center.
Anne Lafont (convener), professor, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris
Jean-Luc Aka-Evy, philosopher and art historian, Congo-Brazzaville
Alexander Bevilacqua, associate professor of history, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Yaëlle Biro, independent scholar and curator, Paris
Justin Brown, Samuel H. Kress Predoctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington, DC
Joshua I. Cohen, associate professor of art history, City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center, New York
Roberto Conduru, endowed distinguished professor of art history, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Cécile Fromont, professor of history of art, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Gabriele Genge, professor, Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor and Chair of English, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Alexandre Girard-Muscagorry, curator, Musée de la Musique (Philharmonie de Paris)
Didier Houénoudé, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Godomey, Benin
Daniel H. Leonard, assistant professor, College of Liberal Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia
Risham Majeed, associate professor of art, art history, and architecture, Ithaca College, South Hill, New York
Lionel Manga, writer and cultural critic, Douala, Cameroon
Matthew Francis Rarey, associate professor of African and Black Atlantic art history, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
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