Selected contents via Expedition's site:
“Who Shall Be Our Sustainer?” Sacred Myth and the Spoken Word by Allen J. Christenson
Out of the Past and into the Night: Ancient Mythical Dwarfs in Modern Yucatan by Judith A. Storniolo
Crossing Boundaries: Maya Censers from the Guatemala Highlands by Sarah Kurnick
Bullfights in Mayaland: How Rural Yucatecans Reinvented “Death in the Afternoon” by Allan Myers
Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya by Elin C. Danien
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[Image source: Mythical dwarf seated with ruler (Photograph K4889 © Justin Kerr)]
The most recent issue of African Arts (Spring 2009) is devoted to the contemporary arts of Ethiopia. In the special feature entitled "Beyond Wide-Eyed Angels: Contemporary Expressive Culture in Ethiopia," guest editors Peri M. Klemm and Leah Niederstadt intend "to present new research on Ethiopian expressive culture that illuminates how some of the complexities of the modern experience, particularly within the post-Socialist period, influence art."
Beyond Wide-Eyed Angels: Contemporary Expressive Culture in Ethiopia
Peri M. Klemm, Leah Niederstadt
Contemporary Ethiopian Painting in Traditional Style: From Church-based to Tourist Art
Icons of Devotion/Icons of Trade: Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Contemporary “Traditional” Ethiopian Painting
Neal Sobania, Raymond Silverman
Oromo Fashion: Three Contemporary Body Art Practices among Afran Qallo Women
Peri M. Klemm
Revered Vessels: Custom and Innovation in Harari Basketry
Belle Asante Tarsitani
Fighting HIV with Juggling Clubs: An Introduction to Ethiopia's Circuses
* The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End
Click here to access the online version through WATSONLINE (choose Art Index or MIT Press Journals)
By MICHAEL HAEDERLE
Published: February 3, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE — For years Patricia Crown puzzled over the cylindrical clay jars found in the ruins at Chaco Canyon, the great complex of multistory masonry dwellings set amid the arid mesas of northwestern New Mexico. They were utterly unlike other pots and pitchers she had seen.
Some scholars believed that Chaco’s inhabitants, ancestors of the modern Pueblo people of the Southwest, had stretched skins across the cylinders and used them for drums, while others thought they held sacred objects.
But the answer is simpler, though no less intriguing, Ms. Crown asserts in a paper published Tuesday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: the jars were used for drinking liquid chocolate. Her findings offer the first proof of chocolate use in North America north of the Mexican border. [read on]
Contents of the Autumn/Winter 2008 (vol. 13, no. 1) issue (via Tribal Art):
ART on view :
TRIBAL people :
OBJECT History :
ART + Law :
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Click here to access the online version through WATSONLINE (not yet available as of 12/19/08)
Arts premiers : collection de Joachim Bonnemaison et à divers amateurs
Oct. 21, 2008
Pictured above: Lot no. 100 : MASQUE REPRESENTANT UN VISAGE HUMAIN - Peuple Adouma, Gabon [source]
Intérieurs : collection Anne et Jacques Kerchache
Oct. 29, 2008
Pictured above: Lot no. 67: PLAT/DISH [source]
Curator Alisa LaGamma talks to artist Sokari Douglas Camp about her work, including the steel sculpture Nigerian Woman Shopping, which is featured in the special exhibition "The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End."
Episode Date: October 14, 2008
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Listen to the full audio program. (13:23 minutes)
via the Film Society of Lincoln Center site:
the fifteenth New York African Film Festival
April 9 –15, 2008
We are honored to welcome Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and veteran film director Charles Burnett to receptions during the festival.
The New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) celebrates its 15th anniversary with a lineup of 40 films from 22 countries throughout Africa and the African Diaspora, emphasizing history and storytelling, technology and the future. In a compelling array of features, shorts and documentaries, as well as experimental film and archival footage, the festival selects from treasured stories of the past, as well as contextualizes the present and future within the framework of history. The Festival is also showcasing works by a new wave of female African cineastes. Through eye witness accounting, social activism and pure fiction, Osvalde Lewat-Hallade, Ngozi Onwurah, Katy Léna Ndiaye, Zina Saro Wiwa and other female filmmakers challenge and question the taboo traditions of the Continent and the Black community at large.
“Cinema is such an important medium for Africans, as it functions to both preserve the oral tradition and to act as a vehicle to bring Africa’s voice to the world stage,” said Mahen Bonetti, founder and executive director of the AFF. “The rapid advances in the field of media technologies is presenting the people of Africa and the African Diaspora more opportunities than ever before to dictate the terms of their destiny and to tell their stories on their own terms.” [read more]
Click here for the schedule and film descriptions.
The festival continues at FIAF, French Institute Alliance Francaise on May 6, 13, 20 & 27, and at BAMCinématek, May 23–26.
Pictured above (l-r):
Director: Newton I. Aduaka, Release: 2007, Runtime: 110
This is My Africa screening with Fantôme Afrique
Zina Saro-Wiwa, African continent/Nigeria/UK, 2008; Runtime: 55
The African Slave Trades:Across the Indian Ocean
Director: Diane Seligsohn & Richard Rein, Country: USA, Release: 2007, Runtime: 26
< March 28, 2008, Ross Day and Erika Hauser (Goldwater Library) in the newly installed Oceanic wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
via Sarah Falls @ ARLIS/NA at Altitude (The official blog of the ARLIS/NA 36th annual conference in Denver, Colorado May 1-5, 2008). This podcast runs best with iTunes. It can also be streamed from Ourmedia.
Interview 1: Ross Day and Erika Hauser
On March 28, 2008, I sat down with Ross Day and Erika Hauser of the Goldwater Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We discussed their outreach efforts with web 2.0 technologies through such sites as Flickr, Wikipedia and with blogging.
To listen to the interview, click here (mp3 format) Interview #1
Sites to visit for the Goldwater Library:
Library blog: http://goldwaterlibrary.typepad.com/
Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/people/goldwaterlibrary/
Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Goldwater_Library
Library wiki: http://goldwaterlibrary.wikidot.com/er-introduction
You can also click on the top bar of the audio player below:
These illustrations are presumably © the estate of Homer H Boelter.
In 1969 Boelter published an album of lithographs of Hopi Indians - 'Portfolio of Hopi Kachinas' - limited to one thousand copies. The first illustration above comes from PBA galleries. The paired image and the balance of the sixteen plates in the series - and background - can be found at Native American Links.
See the originals at the Goldwater Library!
Portfolio of Hopi kachinas by Homer H. Boelter
Hollywood, Calif. : H. H. Boelter Lithography, 
RGL call number: R8E H7B66 Quarto